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Social Theory and Asian Dialogues

Cultivating Planetary Conversations

Editors: Giri, Ananta Kumar (Ed.)

  • Addresses the euro-centric bias of classical and contemporary social theory
  • Argues for a transcending of the self-certainties and partial truths of East and West in a global engagement of the intellectual community
  • Offers a trans-national and comparative approach on ethics and social action in considering the future of social theory
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Critically exploring the presuppositions of contemporary social theory, this collection argues for a trans-civilizational dialogue and a deepening of the universe of intellectual discourse in order to transform sociology into a truly planetary conversation on the human condition. Focusing on perspectives from Asia, notably East Asia and India, it interrogates presuppositions in contemporary critical social theory about man, culture and society, and considers central themes such as knowledge and power, knowledge and liberation. The diverse contributions tackle key questions such the globalization of social theory, identity and society in east asia, as well as issues such as biopolitics, social welfare and eurocentrism. They also examine dialogues along multiple trajectories between social theorists from the Euro-American world and from the Asian universe, such as between Kant and Gandhi, Habermas and Sri Aurobindo, the Bildung tradition in Europe and the Confucian traditions. Arguing for a global comparative engagement and cross-cultural dialogue, this is a key read for all those interested in the future of social theory in the wake of globalization and the rise of the global south.

About the authors

Ananta Kumar Giri is on the faculty of the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India. He has taught and done research at universities in India and abroad, including Aalborg University in Denmark, the University of Kentucky, USA, the University of Freiburg & Humboldt University, Germany and Jagiellonian University in Poland. His research interests lie in social movements and cultural change, criticism, creativity and contemporary dialectics of transformation, theories of self, culture and society, and creative streams in education, philosophy and literature. 

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: An Introduction and an Invitation

    Giri, Ananta Kumar

    Pages 1-5

  • Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: Cultivating Planetary Conversations

    Giri, Ananta Kumar

    Pages 9-33

  • Theorizing Alternative Futures of Asia: Activating Enabling Traditions

    Bussey, Marcus

    Pages 35-47

  • Critical Theory After the Rise of the Global South

    Rehbein, Boike

    Pages 49-67

  • Beyond Ethnocentrism: Towards a Global Social Theory

    Kögler, Hans-Herbert (et al.)

    Pages 69-106

Buy this book

eBook £95.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-7095-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £119.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-7094-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Theory and Asian Dialogues
Book Subtitle
Cultivating Planetary Conversations
Editors
  • Ananta Kumar Giri
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-7095-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-7095-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-7094-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 472
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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