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Postmodern Gandhi and Other Essays Gandhi in the World and at Home

ISBN-10: 0226731243
ISBN-13: 9780226731247
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Gandhi, with his loincloth and walking stick, seems an unlikely advocate of postmodernism. But in "Postmodern Gandhi", Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph portray him as just that in eight thought-provoking essays that aim to correct the common association of Gandhi with traditionalism. Combining core sections of their influential book "Gandhi: The Traditional Roots of Charisma" with substantial new material, the Rudolphs reveal here that Gandhi was able to revitalize tradition while simultaneously breaking with some of its entrenched values and practices. Exploring his influence both in India and abroad, they tell the story of how in London the young activist was shaped by the antimodern "other West" of Ruskin, Tolstoy, and Thoreau and how, a generation later, a mature Gandhi's thought and action challenged modernity's hegemony. Moreover, the Rudolphs argue that Gandhi's critique of modern civilization in his 1909 book "Hind Swaraj "was an opening salvo of the postmodern era and that his theory and practice of nonviolent collective action ("satyagraha") articulate and exemplify a postmodern understanding of situational truth. This radical interpretation of Gandhi's life will appeal to anyone who wants to understand Gandhi's relevance in this century, as well as students and scholars of politics, history, charismatic leadership, and postcolonialism.

Preface
Postmodern Gandhi
The Road Not Taken: The Modernist Roots of Partition
Gandhi in the Mind of America
The Coffee House and the Ashram Revisited: How Gandhi Democratized Habermas' Public Sphere
The Fear of Cowardice
Gandhi and the New Courage
Self-Control and Political Potency
This-Worldly Asceticism and Political Modernization
Index

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