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 Power: Alternative Conceptions of Being and the Reconstitution of Social Theory

Beyond power: Alternative conceptions of being and the reconstitution of social theory

A major preoccupation of Western social theory, certainly since Machiavelli and greatly intensified in recent times by Foucault, has been with power. Most of the figures considered central to sociological and political theory—Weber, Hannah Arendt, Habermas, Talcott Parsons, Simmel, Aron, Polantzas, to name but a few—have addressed themselves to this issue as a central part of their work (Lukes 1986). And certainly since Foucault, the alleged nexus between knowledge and power has inspired a whole host of writings in cultural studies, media sociology, political sociology and numerous other sub-areas of the social sciences. So much so that I think it is fair ...

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