Leader: Penny Graham
Not offered in 2006.
Synopsis: Theoretical and empirical problems in the study of Asian societies. The challenges facing outsiders. How intellectuals (and non-literate 'village intellectuals') in Asia have constructed their own forms of self-understanding. Current debates about colonialism and the post colonial context. Recurring oppositions in dialogues between Asia and the West, viz. materialism vs spirituality; historical dynamism vs adherence to tradition; male agency vs female submission.
Assessment: Written (9000 words): 100%
Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week