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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.

The Walking Rebellion: The Zapatista's Struggle for Autonomy and the Difficulties of Social Change
The walking rebellion: The Zapatista's struggle for autonomy and the difficulties of social change

The Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN, in Spanish), formed mainly by self-defined indigenous people, became public in 1994 with an armed uprising in Chiapas, a southern state of Mexico. From then on, this organization has become a salient and controversial left-wing social movement, with national and international impact.1 With their words and deeds, Zapatismo represents, for some, a legitimate proposal for pursuit of a better society and hope in a context of uncertainty, global crisis, ecological disaster and political paralysis. For others, it is a political organization plagued with internal problems and contradictions.

Zapatismo has become a usual ...

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