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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.

Beyond Powerlessness: Celebrating the Power of the Displaced
Beyond powerlessness: Celebrating the power of the displaced
JoseJowel Canuday

Proposing a celebration of flight and even claiming that persons in flight are in possession of power may be viewed as naäve, romanticized and even presumptuous. I invite you, however, to a reflection on the discourse of the internally displaced persons (IDP) as I describe the persistence of a group of displaced people in creating and recreating their communities through years of armed conflicts in a southern Philippine island called Mindanao. In the process, we will take a critical assessment of the pervasive and destructive character of armed conflicts and their resulting displacements without losing sight of the historical capacity of the displaced communities in dealing with their condition.

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