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. - Thomas Pantham, Former Professor of Political Science, M.S. University of Baroda 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 work draws from various sources-traditional, philosophical, religious and spiritual-in discussing 'power' and 'freedom', and also in bringing together voices of struggle from different parts of the world. It is a highly recommended reading for scholars of humanities and social sciences and can be used as a textbook of social and political theory in departments of sociology and politics. It will also be an invaluable supplementary reading resource for students and researchers of development studies, philosophy and religious studies.

Social Transformation in Contemporary Korea: Three Prime Movers in a Contested Civil Society1

Social transformation in contemporary Korea: Three prime movers in a contested civil society

What Do We Mean by Social Transformation?

Social transformation could mean many different things at various levels. Yet, I would like to see it largely in terms of the conflict-ridden sequential processes of democratization. For this reason, I shall begin by referring to three distinctive issues of transformation related to democratic transition. I shall then try to clarify what I mean by ‘contested’ civil society relying on the recent Korean experience (Sang-Jin 2005a, 2005b). This will be followed by a discussion on three prime movers, that is, the socio-structural, technological and cultural factors of transformation.

The first issue of transformation is concerned ...

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