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Title
Beyond sociology - trans-civilizational dialogues and planetary conversations
Author
Ananta Kumar Giri
format
Hardback
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20180123

This book explores the contours of a transformational sociology which seeks to reconsider the horizons of sociological imagination. It questions accepted modernist assumptions such as the equation of society and nation-state, the dualism of individual and society and that of ontology and epistemology. Arguing that contemporary sociology suffers from what Ulrich Beck calls the Nato-like fire power of western sociology, it argues that sociology has to open itself to transcivilizational dialogues and planetary conversations about self, culture and society. The book also challenges scholars to go beyond a privileging of the post-traditional telos of modernist sociology and puts forward a foundational interrogation of modernist sociology. It underscores the limitations of established conventions of sociology and considering an alternative sociology based upon Confucian vision and practice of self-transformation. This collection offers a way to go beyond dominant structures of modern sociology and contemporary dominant ways of thinking about and doing sociology helping us cultivate a transdisciplinary sociology.

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Ananta Kumar Giri is a Professor at 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 focuses on social movements and cultural change, creativity and contemporary dialectics of transformation, theories of self, culture and society, and creative streams in education, philosophy and literature.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Sociology.|Sociology - Cross-cultural studies.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
228

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