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An Ambiguous Journey to the City: The Village and Othe Odd Ruins of the Self in the Indian Imagination

Ashis Nandy


This book tells the story of an apparently territorial journey—the one between the village and the city—to capture some of the core fantasies and anxieties of the Indian civilization in the past hundred years. It looks at the vicissitudes of the metaphor of journey; profiles various heroes as they negotiate the transitions from the village to the city and back to the village; and focuses on the psychopathological journey from a poisoned village into a self-annihilating city. It contends that the decline of the village in the creative imagination of Indians in recent decades has altered the mea ... More

Keywords: village, city, journey, Indian civilization, cosmopolitanism, urbanity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195683974
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195683974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ashis Nandy, author
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies