While there has been sustained interest in Gandhi’s methods and continued academic inquiry, Gandhi's Global Legacy: Moral Methods and Modern Challenges is unique in bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who analyze Gandhi’s tactics, moral methods, and philosophical principles, not just in the fields of social and political activism, but in the areas of philosophy, religion, literature, economics, health, international relations, and interpersonal communication. Bringing this wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, the contributors provide fresh perspectives on Gandhi’s thought and practice as well as critical analyses of his work and its contemporary relevance.
Edited by Veena R. Howard, this book reveals the need for reconstructing Gandhi’s ideas and moral methods in today’s context through a broad spectrum of crucial issues, including pacifism, health, communal living, gender dynamics, the role of anger, and peacebuilding. Gandhi’s methods have been refined and reimagined to fit different situations, but there remains a need to consider his concept of Sarvodaya (uplift of all), the importance of economic, gender, and racial equity, as well as the value of dialogue and dissenting voices in building a just society. The book points to new directions for the study of Gandhi in the globalized world.
Veena R. Howard is professor of Asian religious traditions in the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno.
Introduction: Gandhi’s Global Legacy: Historical Developments and the Promise of Moral MethodsVeena R. Howard
Part 1. Gandhi’s Legacy: Lessons of Nonviolence as the “Creative Force of the Universe”
Chapter 1. Mohandas Gandhi: A Challenge to AmericaThe Reverend James M. Lawson Jr. with Veena R. Howard
Chapter 2. Gandhi’s CenturyErica Chenoweth
Chapter 3. The Moral, Philosophical, and Spiritual Basis of Gandhi’s Transformative NonviolenceDouglas Allen
Part 2. Gandhi’s Legacy: Lessons in Gender Issues, Pacifism, and International Relations
Chapter 4. Gandhi’s Encounter with the British Suffrage Movement: Lessons LearnedGail M. Presbey
Chapter 5. Was Gandhi a Pacifist? Decolonizing Pacifism While Unpacking the Social Ontology of NonviolenceAndrew Fiala
Chapter 6. A Gandhian Approach to International RelationsDebidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra
Part 3. Gandhi’s Legacy: Lesson in Health and Healing, Pluralism, and Public Memory of Gandhi’s Communes
Chapter 7. Prophylactic and Physic: Mahatma Gandhi’s Unique Contribution to Healing Aids and ArtsMakarand R. Paranjape
Chapter 8. “The Doctrine of the Manyness of Reality” Developing a Gandhian Philosophy of Religious PluralismJeffery D. Long
Chapter 9. Living Like Gandhi: The Lessons and Legacy of Gandhi’s Intentional CommunitiesKarline McLain
Part 4. Gandhi’s Legacy: Lessons in Religious Diversity, Religious Dialectics, and Religion in Public Life
Chapter 10. Gandhi in Conversation with Contemporary Islam: Peace, Pluralism, and ChangeAmine Tais
Chapter 11. Gandhi’s Nonviolence: Convergence of Jain ValuesShivani Bothra
Chapter 12. Religion and Public Life: Some Gandhian ConsiderationsSanjay Lal
Part 5. Gandhi’s Legacy: Critical Reflections and Constructive Advancement of Gandhi’s Moral Methods
Chapter 13. Paradoxes and Ambivalent Pacifisms: Mulk Raj Anand and His Two GandhisJ. Ashley Foster
Chapter 14. “Do Not Let Your Anger Die”: King and Gandhi on Anger, Hatred, and NonviolenceCheyney Ryan
Chapter 15. Vinoba’s Sarvodaya: A Gandhian Example of Radical InclusionSwasti Bhattacharyya
Chapter 16: Gandhi, Global Exemplar: The Promise of Satyagraha and His Constructive ProgramMary Elizabeth King
Afterword: Satyagraha and Gandhi’s Religious EthicsJoseph Prabhu
The writings and political and social reform campaigns of Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi (1869–1948) continue to inspire many commentators and activists. Howard brings together 16 independent (and occasionally overlapping) essays on Gandhi by scholars based in the US, the UK, and India, who hail "from a wide range of disciplines, including Philosophy, Theology, Religious studies, English literature, Peace Studies, Social Sciences, Ethnic Studies, Ethics, and International Relations" (p. 17). Using Gandhi’s own published words and drawing from the vast array of secondary studies about him, each essay thoughtfully considers one or more aspects of Gandhi and his legacies internationally, but especially in the US, South Africa, and India. All of the contributing authors esteem Gandhi, but many critique the interpretations advocated by others about the true meaning of his concepts and actions. Individual essays compare and contrast Gandhi’s presuppositions—especially those regarding the nature and practice of nonviolence and universal human morality and equality—with those of Islam, Jainism, Hinduism, international feminism, Euro-American liberal democracy, Christian US civil rights leaders, and Indian Anglophone fiction writer Mulk Raj Anand (1905–2004). Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates.
Few individuals have an afterlife that is as chequered as the life they lived. Gandhi is one such person whose global footprint increased after his life was brought to an end. Veena Howard brings together an impressive range of concerns and perspectives to comprehend the enduring presence of Gandhi.
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