Social Theory and Asian Dialogues

Cultivating Planetary Conversations

  • Ananta Kumar Giri

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Theorizing as Dancing Transformations: Social Theory, Asian Dialogues and Beyond

  3. Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: Creative Engagement and Transformative Learning

  4. Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: Asia, Europe and the Call of Planetary Conversions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 465-472

About this book


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.


Contemporary sSocial Theory and Globalisation Identity and Society in Asia Social Theory and the Rise of the Global South Global Engagement of Intellectual Community Sociology, Ethics and Social Action Social Welfare and Development in East and West Ecological Ontology and Social Ecology Intercultural Perspective on Chinese Aesthetics Leftist Critical Thinking in Indonesia

Editors and affiliations

  • Ananta Kumar Giri
    • 1
  1. 1.Madras Institute of Development StudiesChennaiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-7094-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-7095-2
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