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Rethinking Social Transformation : Criticism and Creativity at the Turn of the Millennium

Ananta Kumar Giri (Author)
Synopsis At the turn of the new century and the new millennium, we are confronted with an unprecedented challenge of rethinking the meaning and method of social transformation. The familiar models of and routes to it such as socialism and modernization do not help us come to terms with changes taking place in self and society. The present volume undertakes such a task and explores the implications of rethinking social transformation in various domains of our lives, viz., education, politics, religion, spirituality, social movements and cultural criticism. Sixteen outstanding scholars from different vocations and disciplinary backgrounds have discussed different dimensions of contemporary transformations and have suggested new pathways of criticism and creativity. They draw our attention to both socio-political and socio-spiritual struggles and urge us to realize that social transformation involves both structural transformation and self-transformation. The book speaks to a wide readership of students of social theory and cultural transformation and would be of interest not only to scholars in such diverse fields as sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political science, history, literature, and cultural studies but also to activists in voluntary organizations and social movements and to seeking souls everywhere in the world.
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About the author

Ananta Kumar Giri

Ananta Kumar Giri, is currently on the faculty of the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India and has worked and taught in many universities in India and abroad including University of Kentucky, USA; Aalborg University, Denmark and Alber Ludwigs Universitat, Freiburg, Germany. He has an abiding interest in social theory and social movements Dr. Giri has written numerous books in Oriya and English. Among his previous books are: Global Transformations: Postmodernity and Beyond (1998); Sameekhya a Purodrusti (Criticism and the Vision of the Future, 1999), Building in the Margins of Shacks: The Vision and Projects of Habitat for Humanity (2002); and Reflections and Mobilizations: Dialogues with Movements and Voluntary Organizations (2004).

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Title Rethinking Social Transformation : Criticism and Creativity at the Turn of the Millennium
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. Ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170336988
length xv+407p.