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The Future of Knowledge & Culture
The Future of Knowledge & Culture

The Future of Knowledge & Culture

by Vinay Lal

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0670058130 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 375

Binding

Hardcover

Vinay Lal

Author: Vinay Lal
Ashis Nandy/
Editor(s): Vinay Lal / Ashis Nandy
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 375
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670058130

Description

The twentieth century was for the most part an unfolding of the nineteenth, but the twenty-first century is a time of open-ended transition. This remarkable book attempts to provide a cartography of the contemporary global framework of knowledge and culture that can tell us where we’ve arrived in the new millennium, and where we are headed. It is organized around some of the ideas, products and practices that constitute everyday life.

The Future of Knowledge and Culture is a dictionary that defies the grid of conventionality. It invites the reader to debate and exchange ideas with some of the most daring thinkers in the world-from Gustavo Esteva, the scholar-activist associated with the Zapatistas, writing on grass roots, to Ziauddin Sardar, historian of science and Islamic scholar, exploring the Internet; from Douglas Lummis, radically rethinking existing definitions of democracy, to Manu Kothari and Lopa Mehta, taking on modern medical wisdom to celebrate the wisdom of the body, and Majid Rahnema, who stands the conventional idea of poverty on its head.

Nothing is beyond the scope of this dictionary. From weapons of mass destruction to plague, sacred groves to the philosophy of Coca-Cola, spin doctors to maps, Bollywood to coronary bypass, the sixty-five entries seem to cover only a cross-section of life, but their concern is nothing less than altering an entire way of thinking that has become ingrained in us, thanks to our education, upbringing, lazy habits of thought and fear of scepticism. This book challenges us to rethink the world of the urban, middle-class certainties, suggesting that an open spirit and the ability to live in multiple, often contradictory worlds may be the key to our survival in the new century.

Contents

PREFACE

Apologies
Architecture
Bollywood
Calcutta
Cancer
Cloning
Coca-Cola
Consumerism
Coronary Care
Corruption
Dammed H2O
Democracy
Development
Economics
Education
Ethnic Cuisine
Exile
Food
Genocide
Grass Roots
Human Rights
Imperial Economics
Islam
Knowledge Systems
Landmines
Laughter
Literacy
Maps
Marley
Marxism
Mc Donald’s
Memory
Military
Mystery
Nuclearism
Peasant
Place
Plague
Pollution
Postmodernism
Poverty
Prison
Records
Refugees
Roads
Sacred Groves
Sanctions
Scarcity
Singapore
Spin doctors
State
Stones
Sugar
Third Ways
Tourism
Utopia
Weapons of Mass Destruction
West Yahoo

Notes on Contributors

Index

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