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Author: Ashis Nandy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195667921
For the first time within a single volume, this is a collection of three significant works by Ashish Nandy - At the Edge of Psychology, The Intimate Enemy, and Creating a Nationality. These respected books on culture, politics and systems of knowledge have had a wide readership.
At the edge of Psychology examines the links between mind, politics and culture in India, especially the continuities and breaks in the culture of Indian politics and the sources of violence in public life.
The Intimate Enemy is a study of the cultural psychology of colonialism. It explores the sources of creative politics and resistance to western colonialism in British India.
Creating a Nationality narrates, mainly through the experiences of the inhabitants of Ayodhya, the movement culminating in the destruction of the Babri Masjid. Built into the narrative is an analysis of the culture of communal conflict, the nature of organized mass violence, and the political psychology of Hindu nationalism.
With an elaborate introduction by D R Nagaraj, this book is essential reading for social scientists, policy makers, activists and those interested in the complexities of Indian politics and culture.