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

Edited by Kathinka Sinha-Kerhoff and Syed Farid Alatas, Manohar Books, 2010, 334 p, ISBN : 9788173048944, $55.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

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

Contents: Introduction: A Common Pool of Knowledge or Academic Dependency?/Kathinka R. SinhaKerkhoff and Syed Farid Alatas. I. Different Dimensions of Academic Dependency: 1. Academic Dependency: Some Reflections/Muchkund Dubey. 2. Intellectual and Structural Challenges to Academic Dependency/Syed Farid Alatas. 3. Defining Archaeology in Ghana: A Historical Interpretation/Samuel Nilirmi Nkumbaan. 4. The Institutions of Higher Education in Burundi and Rwanda: Facing the Challenges of Post-Conflict societies/Tharcisse Nsabimana. 5. Malaise in Indian Academia/Hetukar Jha. 6. Academic Dependency and sociological Theorizing in the Third World: A Case Study of Akiwowo’s Asuwada Theory of Sociation/Ayokunle Olumuyiwa Omobowale. II. Mounting Challenges to Academic Dependency: 7. Local Scholars, Global Academy/Anjan Ghosh. 8. Social Science in Chile (1957-1973): A Laboratory for an Autonomous Process of Academia-building/Fernanda Beigel. 9. Anthropology at the University of the Philippines: Examining Institutional History and Academic Dependency in a south-East Asian University/Carlos P. Tatel. 10. Evidence, Temporality, Analytical Frameworks: Categories, Writing Procedures and Academic Dependency/Mario Ruffer. 11. The Costs and Benefits of Academic Globalization: A Case Study of Ranchi (Jharkhand, India)/Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff. Index.

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 has 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 dimensions 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 enables us to appreciate the magnitude of the problem and seriously consider the options available to us as we consider measures to overcome academic dependency. (Jacket)

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