The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage: Transforming Power and Freedom

The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage: Transforming Power and Freedom

by Ananta Kumar Giri
     
 

Ever since the Renaissance in the thirteenth century, the ‘prince’ has been the dominant archetype of ‘being’ and ‘becoming’. Power and politics have provided the modern world with determinant frames of self-constitution and social emancipation, along with a singular definition of ‘freedom’. In this context, The

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Ever since the Renaissance in the thirteenth century, the ‘prince’ has been the dominant archetype of ‘being’ and ‘becoming’. Power and politics have provided the modern world with determinant frames of self-constitution and social emancipation, along with a singular definition of ‘freedom’. In this context, The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage: Transforming Power and Freedom is concerned with rethinking and transforming the concepts of ‘power’ and ‘freedom’ in discourse, society and history.

This book draws from various sources—traditions of wisdom, creative experiments in socio-political theorizing and spiritual mobilizations—and brings together voices of struggle and movements for creative transformations from around the world. It addresses epochal issues of our times such as responsibility and shared sovereignties and appeals to a wide readership in humanities and social sciences and would be of interest to all seeking souls and movements. It will also be an invaluable reading resource for students and researchers of social and political theory, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, development studies, cultural studies and religious studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Thomas Pantham
Ananta Kumar Giri has been furrowing in the frontier regions of contemporary sociological theory. He and a most admirable group of social theorists and philosophers from several countries find that even their frontier worlds are pervaded by mutual challenges between power-craving princes and freedom-seeking sages. Giri has assembled here 29 cutting-edge essays and much-needed wise reflections on vitally important topics such as development ethics and poverty, the power of non-violent movements, and the moral dimension in world history, Islam and human rights, Buddhist reflections on human security, Gandhian empowerment, and the example of the construction in South Africa of structures of cooperations
Artha Vijnana
As one reads the volume one is touched by the intellectual honesty of the authors and by their probing analysis of ideas and practices relating to power and freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788178298276
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Pages:
598
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Ananta Kumar Giri is currently on the faculty of Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India and has worked and taught in many universities in India and abroad including Free University,

Amsterdam, University of Kentucky, Aalborg University, Denmark and Albert Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, Germany where he was a Humboldt Fellow (2006–2007). He has an abiding interest in social movements and cultural change, criticism, creativity and contemporary dialectics of transformations, theories of self, culture and society, and ethics in management and development. Dr Giri has written more than a dozen books in Oriya and English. Among his previous books are: Global Transformations: Postmodernity and Beyond (1998), Sameekhya o Purodrusti [Criticism and the Vision of the Future, 1999], Conversations and Transformations: Toward a New Ethics of Self and Society (2002); Building in the Margins of Shacks: The Vision and Projects of Habitat for Humanity (2002); Reflections and Mobilizations: Dialogues with Movements and Voluntary Organizations (2004); Self-development and Social Transformations? The Vision and Practice of the Self-study Mobilization of Swadhyaya (2008); Mochi o Darshanika [The Cobbler and the Philosopher, 2009] Rethinking Social Transformation: Criticism and Creativity at the Turn of the Millennium (editor, 2001); A Moral Critique of Development: In Search of Global Responsibilities (co-editor, 2003); Creative Social Research: Rethinking Theories and Methods (editor, 2004) and Religion of Development, Development of Religion (co-editor, 2004).

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