Gandhi's Ascetic Activism: Renunciation and Social Action

Gandhi's Ascetic Activism: Renunciation and Social Action

by Veena R. Howard

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ISBN-13: 9781438445588
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 03/18/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Veena R. Howard teaches Religious Studies and Asian Studies at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

Notes on Symbols of Vocabulary and Transliteration

1. Challenging the Philosophical Presupposition: Gandhi’s Unconventional Synthesis of Asceticism and Activism

2. Gandhi’s Alternative Paradigm: From Traditional Principles to New Political Purposes

3. The Traditional Roots of Gandhi’s Brahmacarya

4. Gandhi’s Unorthodox Brahmacarya: Reinterpreting Private Religious Practice for Public Service

5. Gandhi’s Embodiment of Legendary Heroes and Ascetics: Toward a Coherent Narrative for Nonviolent Activism


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“Based on a detailed and close reading of Gandhi’s works, and considerable familiarity with Indian traditions, this book offers an informative and interesting account of the inner connections between his asceticism and nonviolent politics.” — Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster and the House of Lords

“Well grounded in the contemporary scholarship on Gandhi, Veena Howard wisely takes her primary clues from Gandhi’s own claims about himself, read in accord with concepts central to Indian tradition. She brings out the substance and wisdom of his positions, without avoiding challenging questions about those ideals and practices.” — Francis X. Clooney, SJ, author of Comparative Theology: Deep Learning Across Religious Borders

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