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Alternative Discourses in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism
This book addresses a set of problems surrounding the state of the social sciences in Asia. It contextualizes problems by pointing to the historical and continuing dominance over Asian social science discourses by Western paradigms and concepts. Syed Farid Alatas documents various critiques of the state of the social sciences in Asia and critically assesses the prescriptio ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd
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the book outlines the trajectories of alternative discourse in Social Science, which is not centred on European historical and social structure, but more of Asian's. while noticing intellectualism as one of the significant power instrument and mentioning--among others--India's high achievement in this field, he abandons the possibility that whether in Europe, India or elsewhere in the world, any attempt to develop intellectual credence (however provincial it might be) has always been an attempt ...more
A good attempt at bringing in a new way of thinking in the social science. a bit idealistic for most people in the local academia as the book stresses more on theory and most "academics" here are more into surveys or practical side of social science. A good book to read and theorise later. Hard to find book.
Without denying the structure of academic dependence, I agree with Farid, it's more about marginal mentality: the captive mind. Because Farid say that effort to reversing the structure of academic dependence aren't for undergraduate student, like me, I want to be social scientist too. Overall, for me, it's enlightening book.
Dr. Syed Farid Al Attas is the Associate Professor in Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.More about Syed Farid al-Attas...