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The Essential Writings of Sudhir Kakar

The Essential Writings of Sudhir Kakar
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Item Code: IDD969
Author: Sudhir Kakar
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2002
ISBN: 0195651499
Pages: 429
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
About the Book:

Since the last quarter of a century, Sudhir Kakar's work on Indian culture and society has found large appreciative audiences both in India and abroad. This selection by the author covers a wide spectrum from classical love poetry to modern mysticism, from Hindu childhood to India's healing traditions, from male-female relations to Hindu-Muslim violence.

With a significant introduction by T.G. Vaidyanathan, this Sudhir Kakar reader contains extracts from several of his books, which have been translated into all the major languages. Included are psychoanalytical reflections on dominant themes in the emotional life of Hindu men, psycho-biographical essays on such cultural heroes as Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Gandhi, the unveiling of the erotic secret in the Radha and Krishna legend, the healing secret of the guru, love in Hindi cinema, and the psychology of religious fanaticism.

This book, which focuses for the first time on a living writer, as part of the Essential Writings series, is indispensable for a psychological understanding of the country as it establishes itself in this millennium. It is meant for students of psychology, South Asian Culture and sociology, as well as the general reader.

About the Author:

Sudhir Kakar, psychoanalyst, has been a Bhabha, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellow, and Professor at some of the major Indian, European and American universities. His many honours include the Boyer Prize of the American Anthropological Association, Germany's Goethe Medal and fellowships at the Institutes of Advanced Study, Princeton and Berlin. His several books have been translated into all the major European languages.

CONTENTS

Introduction by T.G. Vaidyanathanix

I. CHILDHOOD AND IDENTITY
1. Mother and Infants3
2. The Child in Indian Tradition62
3. The Revolutionary Yogi: Childhood of Swami Vivekananda

85
II. CULTURE AND HEALING
4. Lord of the Spirit World109
5. The Guru as Healer 141
6. The Body Image161
7. Clinical Work and Cultural Imagination167
8. The Maternal - Feminine in Indian Psychoanalysis

181
III. EROTIC LOVE
9. The Cloistered Passion of Radha and Krishna197
10. Gandhi and Women221
11. Lovers in the Dark

262
IV. RELIGION AND PSYCHE
12. Ramakrishna and the Mystical Experience281
13. The Virtuous Virago 316
14. Meeting the Mullahs332
15. Religious Conflict in the Modern World

339
Notes and References352
Bibliography382
Index387


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