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The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage
Transforming Power and Freedom

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July 2018 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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.
Johan Galtung
Foreword
 
Preface
Ananta Kumar Giri
Introduction: Transforming Power and Freedom
 
PART ONE: RECONSTITUTING POWER AND FREEDOM: MODERNITY AND BEYOND
N Eisenstadt
Modernity and the Reconstitution of the Realm of the Political
Felix Wilfred
Play of Power and Struggle for Freedom in Renaissance Humanism
Frank R Ankersmit
Political Symbolism or How to Stay on the Surface
Binod Kumar Agarwala
Control of Power Through Freedom: An Issue in Kant's Political Philosophy
Philip Quarles van Ufford
Power of Modernity and the Tail of the Devil
Kanchana Mahadevan
Rethinking Power: Aesthetics, Dialogue, Hegemony
Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Metamorphoses of Power: From Coercion to Cooperation?
 
PART TWO: BEYOND THE MODERN PRINCE: VARIETIES OF STRUGGLES AND NEW INTIMATIONS
Stellan Vithagen
Power as Subordination and Resistance as Disobedience: Non-Violent Movements and the Management of Power
Bernard Adeney-Risakotta
Power From Below: Indonesian Reflections on the Paradigm of Power
Sang-Jin Han
Social Transformation in Contemporary Korea: Three Prime-Movers in the Contested Civil Society
Jose Jowel Canuday
Beyond Powerlessness: Celebrating the Power of the Displaced
Herbert G. Reid and Betsy Taylor
Globalization, Democracy and the Aesthetic Ecology of Emergent Publics for a Sustainable World: Working from John Dewey
Piet Strydom
In Search of Structures of Cooperation: The Discursive Construction of Morality in the Land Reform Dispute in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Mateo Mier y Terán
The Walking Rebellion: The Zapatista's Struggle for Autonomy and the Difficulties of Social Change
Helena Tagesson
A Yearning of the Heart: Spirituality and Politics
 
PART THREE: TRANSFORMING POWER AND FREEDOM: NEW HORIZONS
Akop P Nazaretyan
Power and Wisdom: Does World History Have a Moral Dimension?
Godavarish Mishra
Towards a Critical Biography and Legacy of the Rishis: Kautilya and the Calling of Political Ethics
Dietmar Mieth
Meister Eckhart: The Power of Inner Liberation
Fred R Dallmayr
A War Against the Turks? Erasmus on War and Peace
Sapir Handelman
Machievelli, The Prince and Leadership Responsibility
Christian Bartolf
Transforming Power and Freedom: From Voluntary Servitude to Non-Violent Resistance
Mrinal Miri
Gandhi and Empowerment
Robert Bernasconi
None is Free Until All Are Free: Sartre's Ontology of Freedom and His Politics
Mark Lindley
Rethinking Freedom in the Face of Ecological Crises
Ananta Kumar Giri
Power and Self-Cultivation: Aesthetics, Development Ethics and the Calling of Poverty
Thanh-Dam Truong
Reflections on Human Security: A Buddhist Contribution
Abdullahi A An-Naim
Towards an Islamic Hermeneutics for Human Rights
John Clammer
Beyond Power: Alternative Conceptions of Being and Reconstitution of Social Theory
Chitta Ranjan Das
An Afterword
 
Index

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

Thomas Pantham
Former Professor of Political Science, M.S. University of Baroda

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.

Artha Vijnana

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