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Reconceptualizing India Studies

Balagangadhara

Abstract

As India emerges as an important global player, a serious question arises: how to relate to the existing descriptions of India that are centuries old? This question presents itself as a task for the current and future generations of intelligentsia in the twenty-first century, whether Indian or Western. This task will consist of reconceptualizing India Studies because most studies on India have been carried out using theories and concepts drawn primarily from the western culture. It also consists of reacquiring the insight that neither knowledge nor truth is a matter of majority decision or bas ... More

Keywords: India Studies, Comparative science of cultures, Orientalism, Post-colonialism, Anthropology of India, Hinduism Studies, Comparative methodology, Colonialism, Colonial consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198082965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082965.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Balagangadhara, author
Research Centre, Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap, Department of Comparative Science of Cultures, Ghent University, Belgium