Alternative Discourses in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism

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SAGE, May 10, 2006 - Philosophy - 226 pages
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The social sciences in Asia, like most other disciplines, were introduced by the West and continue to look towards them for inspiration, affirmation and legitimacy. There is now a growing awareness amongst scholars and students about the need for developing Asia-centric social sciences in order to better appreciate Asian realities.

Written against this background, this book addresses a set of problems surrounding the state of the social sciences in Asia. It contextualizes these 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. These critiques address problems such as Orientalism, Eurocentrism, the captive mind, academic imperialism and dependency.
 

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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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