Synopses & Reviews
"This comprehensive reader expertly assembles pivotal contributions to the growing transdisciplinary field of global studies. Linking the pressing global issues of our time to relevant regional developments, Mark Juergensmeyer successfully challenges his readers to think globally while paying attention to their concrete local environments." Manfred B. Steger, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and author of Globalization: A Very Short Introduction
"Thinking Globally is the first textbook to give an effective overview of global studies as an intellectual field and emergent academic discipline. Juergensmeyer's work has the added virtue of giving a detailed account of global studies in all its complexity."Dr Peter Phipps, Global Studies, RMIT, Melbourne.
"Thinking Globally is an outstanding model of the intellectual and practical issues involved with globalization and its study."John Nemec, Associate Professor of Indian Religions and South Asian Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Gandhis Way provides a primer of Mahatma Gandhis principles of moral action and conflict resolution and offers a straightforward, step-by-step approach that can be used in any conflict-at home or in business; in local, national, or international arenas. This invaluable handbook, updated with a new preface and a new case study on terrorism in Northern Ireland, sets out Gandhis basic methods and illustrates them with practical examples. Juergensmeyer shows how parties at odds can rise above a narrow view of self-interest to find resolutions that are satisfying and beneficial to all involved. He then pits Gandhis ideas against those of other great social thinkers in a series of imaginary debates that challenge and clarify Gandhis thinking on issues of violence, anger, and love. He also provides a Gandhian critique of Gandhi himself and offers viable solutions to some of the gaps in Gandhian theory.
Gandhis Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution was previously published as Fighting with Gandhi and Fighting Fair.
A fascinating, thought-provoking, helpful and heartening book.”Los Angeles Times
Juergensmeyers book is something of a Gandhian tour de force a careful analysis and series of applications of Gandhis concepts of satyagraha
to everyday situations with which most Western readers are familiar.”Religious Studies Review
This is a manual of instruction in the best sense: a popular reassessment of the activist use of satyagraha in conflict resolution that has depth and a true appreciation for the ethical subtleties of dialectical struggles, and for the multiple dimensions of passive resistance.”Library Journal
In this accessible text, Mark Juergensmeyer, a pioneer in global studies, provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging field of global studies from regional, topical, and theoretical perspectives. Each of the twenty compact chapters in Thinking Globally
features Juergensmeyers own lucid introduction to the key topics and offers brief excerpts from major writers in those areas. The chapters explore the history of globalization in each region of the world, from Africa and the Middle East to Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and cover key issues in today's global era, such as:
Challenges of the global economy
Fading of the nation-state
Emerging nationalisms and transnational ideologies
Hidden economies of sex trafficking and the illegal drug trade
New communications media
Human rights abuses
Thinking Globally is the perfect introduction to global studies for students, and an exceptional resource for anyone interested in learning more about this new area of study.
About the Author
Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (revised edition, 2003) and The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State (1993), both from California.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2005 Edition
SECTION I. THE GANDHIAN FIGHT
1. Fighting a Gandhian Fight
2. Why Fight at All?
3. How Do You Know When You're Right?
4. Violence: The Breakwoen of a Fight
5. What to Do with a Recalcitrant Opponent
6. The Weapon: The Goal Itself
7. The Power of Noncooperation
8. Fighting a Very Big Fight
9. How Do You Know When You've Won?
10. Some Basic Rules
SECTION II. CASE STUDIES
Looking At Cases
Case #1: A Family Feud
Case #2: The Endangered Employees
Case #3: A Lonely Decision
Case #4: A Peaceful End to Irish Terrorism
Case #5: A Tragic Resistance
SECTION III. SOME SMALL QUARRELS
Conversations in the Mind
Issue #1: Can Violence Ever Be Justified?Gandhi v. Marx
Issue #2: Can Anger Be True?Gandhi v. Freud
Issue #3: Is a Force of Love Realistic?Gandhi v. Niebuhr
Issue #4: Was Gandhi Always a Gandhian?Mohandas v. the Mahatma