04 September, 2012

Academic Dependency in the Social Sciences: Structural Reality and Intellectual Changes

Academic Dependency in the Social Sciences: Structural Reality and Intellectual Changes

By- Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff and Syed Farid Alatas (eds.)

This book deals with the academic dependency of scholars variously positioned in the South. All contributors to this book acknowledge that though place might play a different role in the contemporary globalized world, yet the location of people have not become irrelevant. However, there is limited knowledge about the impact of place among academicians differently located in the South and of the costs and benefits of academic globalization. The main purpose of this book therefore is to increase our knowledge about the net result of such a calculus today for various regions in the South. Though all scholars in this book look upon academic dependency as a problem, there are differences of opinion as to what constitutes academic dependency, what its manifestations are, and how we may cope with academic dependency.

The papers in this volume deal with two major differences or levels of the problem of academic dependency, that is, the theoretical and practical. The editors think it is essential that academic dependency be understood and dealt with along these two levels as this will enable us to appreciate the magnitude of the problem and seriously consider the options available to us as we consider measures to overcome academic dependency.

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff: was Director Research at the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) till 2010. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Centre of Asian Studies in Amsterdam (CASA). She resides in Ranchi (India) and is currently finishing a book on the social history of tobacco in Bihar.

Syed Farid Alatas is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. His work has been widely published in journals and edited books. Currently, he is finishing a book on the thought of Ibn Khaldun. He is also working on another book on the Ba‘alawi Sufi order.

ISBN  978-81-7304-894-4    2010   334p.   Rs.995/ pounds 50

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