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Social Sciences: A Dying Fire
United Kingdom – North America – Japan – India – Malaysia – China
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First edition 2021
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|Praise for Social Sciences: A Dying Fire||vii|
|Chapter 1: Introducing the Key Elements of Crisis||1|
|The Pretension of Being a ‘Science’ and its Consequences||5|
|Fragmentation of Disciplines||12|
|The Ignoring of Wider Trajectories and Thought||21|
|The Idea of Human Uniqueness and Primacy||29|
|Chapter 2: Efforts to Reflect on Factors Intrinsic to Crisis||37|
|Social Sciences’ Institutional Building after the Second World War||38|
|Debates on Indigenisation of Social Sciences||43|
|More Recent Writings or Initiatives||50|
|Chapter 3: Structural as Well as More Contemporary Problems Facing the Social Sciences in Europe and North America||63|
|The Burden of Empiricism||64|
|The Problematic Role of Expertise||71|
|The University as an Economic Enterprise||79|
|Chapter 4: Asia as a Centre of New Impulsion in Social Sciences’ Renovations?||89|
|Modernisation Processes and the Social Sciences||92|
|Societal Investment in Education||100|
|The Question of Quality||107|
|What about the Japanese Experience?||114|
|Chapter 5: A New Context of Marginalisation of Social and Human Studies||123|
|Shifting Discourse on Knowledge||123|
|Ranking of Universities and its Effects||130|
|The Pretence of Internationalisation||139|
|Chapter 6: Concluding Discussion||147|
|A Crisis of Hydra?||147|
|Thinking About New Horizons||152|
Praise for Social Sciences: A Dying Fire
‘The social sciences are caught in an internecine web of internal debates, making the enterprise largely irrelevant to the vast majority of human life. This fact is brilliantly captured in A Dying Fire, in which Professor Kléber Ghimire insightfully describes the causes and consequences of the social sciences’ collective navel-gazing. Yet he does so not as a radical, eclectic project, but as an attempt to generate critical thinking essential to ensure continued relevance of these fields of study. De-centering Europe and North America is a vital step toward re-centering the value of the social sciences.’
Matthew F. Filner, Professor of Political Science and Faculty Association President, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota, USA.
‘This book digs deep in the history of social sciences and critically assesses their present uncertain positions. Its’ especially important contributions – and cannot be found easily elsewhere – are the reflections and analysis of the social sciences in Asian universities.’
Vesselin Popovski, Professor of Law and Vice Dean, O.P. Jindal Global University, Haryana, India.
‘This is a highly original interdisciplinary critique of social sciences. The book is most interesting and important for academics, students or anyone who want to rethink about the current nature of social sciences’ learning.’
Xiaoyuan Shang, Professor of Social Policy, Beijing Normal University, China.
‘This book persuasively explains why the social sciences should move beyond the narrow ideas of scientism, empiricism and professionalism toward a broader concept of learning and comprehensive thinking, and further conveys astoundingly deep knowledge about the commonalities and differences in the notion of learnedness and educational traditions of Western and Asian societies.’
Jin-Wook Shin, Professor of Sociology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea.
- Chapter 1: Introducing the Key Elements of Crisis
- Chapter 2: Efforts to Reflect on Factors Intrinsic to Crisis
- Chapter 3: Structural as Well as More Contemporary Problems Facing the Social Sciences in Europe and North America
- Chapter 4: Asia as a Centre of New Impulsion in Social Sciences’ Renovations?
- Chapter 5: A New Context of Marginalisation of Social and Human Studies
- Chapter 6: Concluding Discussion