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Title China, India and alternative Asian modernities / edited by Sanjay Kumar, Satya P. Mohanty, Archana Kumar and Raj Kumar
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Contents European self-making and India's alternative modernities / Arjun Appadurai -- Circulatory and competitive histories / Prasenjit Duara -- Connected histories : the Asian roots of the scientific and industrial revolutions / Arun Bala -- Dominant and counter-imaginaries : analysing India's modernities / Martin Fuchs -- A perspective on Confucian democracy in cultural China / Tu Weiming -- Chinese maritime economy : historical globalizing forces / Mayfair Yang -- Southeast Asia in the fifteenth century : early modern or what?? / Geoff Wade -- Alternative modernities : the Odia Lakshmi Purana as radical pedagogy / Satya P. Mohanty -- Vernacular modernity and the public sphere of Bhakti / Purushottam Agrawal -- Before the great divergence : the early modern South Asian agrarian economy : In a global perspective / Rajat Datta -- Revisiting the early modern merchant : caste, power and the politics of transition / Lakshmi Subramanian -- Modernity as renewal mechanism : alternative(s) to modernity in India / Avadhesh Kumar Singh
Summary "The conception of modernity as a moment of severance from a primitive past runs parallel to the conception of Europe as the 'locus of history.' The essays in this volume contest the temporal and spatial divisions--between Europe and the rest of the world; modernity and tradition; and between European rationality and Asia's excesses--which the conventional narrative of modernity creates. Drawing from Chinese and Indian culture and history instead, the authors of the book explore the Eurocentric ideas of modernity to see it in a transcultural and pluralistic light. The volume proposes an understanding of modernity not as a moment of rupture from the past but as a process of continuity and renewal. By studying the Bhakti movement, Confucian democracy, and the maritime and agrarian economies of China and India, this book showcases the dynamism in these cultures. These in turn challenge stereotypes which portray Asia as a 'moribund continent' characterized by 'Orientalist despotism' and stagnation. By exploring these on a theoretical plane, the authors expand and enlarge the terms of debate and revisit devalued terms and concepts like tradition, religion, authority, rural and provincial as resources for modernity. This volume will be of great interest to researchers and academicians working in the areas of history, Sociology, Cultural Studies, literature, geopolitics, South Asian and East Asian Studies"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Sanjay Kumar is Professor of English at Banaras Hindu University. He is engaged in a comparative study of South Asian vernacular and folk literary and cultural traditions as sites of articulation of alternative modernities. Satya P. Mohanty is Professor of English at Cornell University. He has written and edited books on literary theory, minority studies, and colonial and postcolonial studies. Archana Kumar is Professor of English at Banaras Hindu University. She is currently engaged in research on women folk culture and has done extensive fieldwork in Banaras region to collect women folksongs. Raj Kumar is Professor of Hindi at Banaras Hindu University. He has extensively published research articles in reputed Hindi Journals and he is currently involved in a comprehensive project of retrieving, editing and interpreting rare vernacular texts and manuscripts of the early modern period
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Subject Civilization, Modern -- Philosophy.
East and West.
Social change -- China -- History
Social change -- India -- History
Civilization, Modern -- Philosophy.
East and West.
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
International relations.
PHILOSOPHY -- General.
Social change.
Asia -- Relations -- Europe.
China -- Civilization.
Europe -- Relations -- Asia.
India -- Civilization.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Archana Kumar, editor.
Kumar, Raj, 1961- editor.
Kumar, Sanjay, 1964 August 14- editor.
Mohanty, Satya P. (Satya Prakash), 1954- editor.
ISBN 0429260865