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Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality (Global Prespectives)

Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality (Global Prespectives)
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Item Code: NAI372
Author: Debjani Ganguly and John Docker
Publisher: Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9788125033882
Pages: 366
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 545 gms

About the Book

 

Conceived, debated and written in the shadow of our new wartorn millennium, this work brings together an impressive and varied group of scholars across the disciplinary divide to rethink Gandhi’s legacy and nonviolent ethics.

 

What traction do peace and Gandhi have in these violent times when religious fundamentalisms of various kinds are competing with the arrogance and unilateralism of imperial capital? In what possible registers can Gandhian moral vernaculars- ahimsa, satyagraha, sarvodaya-address the ravages of our contemporary world?

 

In rethinking Gandhi’s relevance in the new world order, the contributors approach Gandhi, not purely as an ‘Indian’ figure, but as an activist-thinker whose transcultural nonviolent ethics of the everyday eminently translates across a range of political sites. The volume also gives us vignettes of Gandhi’s more eccentric aspects-his vegetarianism, his fasts and medical practice, and his experiments in communal living. Without deifying Gandhi, the volume sensitively explores the sheer worldliness and embodied nature of Gandhi’s thought, practice and legacy.

 

About the Author

 

Debjani Ganguly is Head of the Humanities Research Centre in the Research School of Humanities, Australian National University, Canberra. She is a literary and cultural historian and has published in the areas of postcolonial studies, global Anglophone writing, theories of world literature, caste and dalit studies, cultural histories of mixed-race, the cosmopolitanism of Gandhian thought, and Indian literary criticism. Her recent publications include Caste and Dalit Life worlds (Orient Blackswan, 2005), Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual (co-ed, MUP, 2007) and Pigments of the Imagination (Journal of Intercultural Studies, special issue, co-editor, 2007).

 

John Docker is Adjunct Professor in the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra. Since the publication of 1492: The Poetics of Diaspora (Continuum, 2001), he has researched and written on monotheism and polytheism, and most recently, on genocide in relation to the Enlightenment and to colonialism. He has recently published Is History Fiction (University of Michigan Press, 2005), co- authored with historian Ann Curthoys, and The Origins of Violence.

 

Contents

 

 

Acknowledgements

vii

 

Notes on Contributors

ix

1.

Global State of War and Moral Vernaculars of Nonviolence: Rethinking Gandhi in a New World Order-Debjani Ganguly

 

1

 

Section I: Worlding the Gandhian EverydayFood, Medicine, Fasts

 

2.

Ahimsa and Other Animals: The Genealogy of an Immature Politics-Leela Gandhi

21

3.

The Quack Whom We Know: Illness and Nursing in Gandhi-Sandhya Shetty

47

4.

Emptied of All but Love: Gandhi’s First Public Fast-Tridip Suhrud

84

 

Section II: Of Friendship, Law and Language: Shaping Gandhian ‘Weakness’

 

5.

Gandhi Moves: Intentional Communities and Friendship- Tom Weber

103

6.

Gandhi: The Transformation of a South African Lawyer, 1897-1898-Charles R. DiSalvo

125

7.

Only One Word, Properly Altered: Gandhi and the Question of Veshya-Ajay Skaria

145

 

Section III: Carrying Gandhi Over: Global Peace Movements

 

8.

Globalising Gandhi: Translation, Reinvention, Application, Transformation-Sean Scalmer

177

9.

Gandhiji in Burma, Burma in Gandhiji -Penny Edwards

205

10.

Nonviolence and Long Hot Summers: Black Women’s Activism in 1960s Baltimore -Rhonda Y. Williams

231

 

Section IV: Interlocuting with Modernity: Gandhi at Home and in the World

 

11.

Josephus: Traitor or Gandhian avant la lettre? -John Docker

257

12.

Homespun Wisdom: Gandhi, Technology and NationaIism-Anjali Roy

280

13.

Vernacular Cosmopolitanism: World Historical Readings of Gandhi and Ambedkar -Debjani Ganguly

309

 

Index

 

 


 

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