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

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


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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 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.

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)

About 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).

Table of Contents

Foreword - Johan Galtung
Introduction: Transforming Power and Freedom - Ananta Kumar Giri
Modernity and the Reconstitution of the Realm of the Political - N Eisenstadt
Play of Power and Struggle for Freedom in Renaissance Humanism - Felix Wilfred
Political Symbolism or How to Stay on the Surface - Frank R Ankersmit
Control of Power Through Freedom: An Issue in Kant's Political Philosophy - Binod Kumar Agarwala
Power of Modernity and the Tail of the Devil - Philip Quarles van Ufford
Rethinking Power: Aesthetics, Dialogue, Hegemony - Kanchana Mahadevan
Metamorphoses of Power: From Coercion to Cooperation? - Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Power as Subordination and Resistance as Disobedience: Non-Violent Movements and the Management of Power - Stellan Vithagen
Power From Below: Indonesian Reflections on the Paradigm of Power - Bernard Adeney-Risakotta
Social Transformation in Contemporary Korea: Three Prime-Movers in the Contested Civil Society - Sang-Jin Han
Beyond Powerlessness: Celebrating the Power of the Displaced - Jose Jowel Canuday
Globalization, Democracy and the Aesthetic Ecology of Emergent Publics for a Sustainable World: Working from John Dewey - Herbert G. Reid and Betsy Taylor
In Search of Structures of Cooperation: The Discursive Construction of Morality in the Land Reform Dispute in Post-Apartheid South Africa - Piet Strydom
The Walking Rebellion: The Zapatista's Struggle for Autonomy and the Difficulties of Social Change - Mateo Mier y Terán
A Yearning of the Heart: Spirituality and Politics - Helena Tagesson
Power and Wisdom: Does World History Have a Moral Dimension? - Akop P Nazaretyan
Towards a Critical Biography and Legacy of the Rishis: Kautilya and the Calling of Political Ethics - Godavarish Mishra
Meister Eckhart: The Power of Inner Liberation - Dietmar Mieth
A War Against the Turks? Erasmus on War and Peace - Fred R Dallmayr
Machievelli, The Prince and Leadership Responsibility - Sapir Handelman
Transforming Power and Freedom: From Voluntary Servitude to Non-Violent Resistance - Christian Bartolf
Gandhi and Empowerment - Mrinal Miri
None is Free Until All Are Free: Sartre's Ontology of Freedom and His Politics - Robert Bernasconi
Rethinking Freedom in the Face of Ecological Crises - Mark Lindley
Power and Self-Cultivation: Aesthetics, Development Ethics and the Calling of Poverty - Ananta Kumar Giri
Reflections on Human Security: A Buddhist Contribution - Thanh-Dam Truong
Towards an Islamic Hermeneutics for Human Rights - Abdullahi A An-Naim
Beyond Power: Alternative Conceptions of Being and Reconstitution of Social Theory - John Clammer
An Afterword - Chitta Ranjan Das

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