Alternative Discourses in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism

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SAGE, May 10, 2006 - Philosophy - 226 pages
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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 prescriptions for alternative discourses that have emerged from these critiques. Among the important features of this book are that it has a pan-Asian focus and that it incorporates perspectives drawn from economics and sociology.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
Theorizing the State of the Social Sciences
40
THREE
54
The Definition and Variety of Alternative Discourses in Asia
80
A Clash of Orientations
108
SEVEN
145
EIGHT
174
The Prospects and Future of Alternative Discourses in Asia
187
Bibliography
196
About the Author
227
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