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Rethinking the Human and the Social

Towards a Multiverse of Transformations

Ananta Kumar Giri

Our understanding of the human and the social, as well as our realization of these, are in need of fundamental transformations, as our present day use of these are deeply anthropocentric, Eurocentric and dualistic. Human development discourse looks at the human in an adjectival way, so does the social quality approach to the category of the social: neither reflects the profound rethinking both the categories have gone through even in the Western theoretical imagination (for example, the critique of humanism in philosophy and the critique of socio-centrism in sociology). In this context, the present essay explores the ways these two categories are being rethought in Western theoretical imagination and discusses the non-anthropocentric and post-anthropocentric conceptualization and realization of the human, which resonates with non-socio-centric and post-social conceptions of society. The essay also opens these two categories to cross-cultural and planetary conversations and on the way rethinks subjectivity, sovereignty, temporality and spatiality. It pleads for a foundational rethinking of human security and social quality and for creative intertwining between the two with visions and practices of practical spirituality.

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

creative intertwining of ‘human security’ and social quality approach with visions and practices of practical spirituality, which invites us for new adventures in ideas and relationships and to be engaged in mediations and struggles for realization of

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Mindfulness and Hasidic Modernism

Toward a Contemplative Ethnography

Don Seeman and Michael Karlin

Connection . Sterne , David H. 2013 . Mind Over Heart: The Meditative Siddur . Jerusalem : Jerusalem Connection . Taub , Shais . 2013 . “ Practical Spirituality: An Overview of Tanya.” Chabad . http

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Ananta Kumar Giri

practical spirituality that strives to bring land and soul, food and freedom, soil and soul, foot and sky together. As Wendy Wolford (2010: 11) writes: One of the main methods for actively presenting the frames underlying MST’s community is through what

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

present day use of these are deeply anthropocentric, Eurocentric, and dualistic … [The article] pleas for a foundational rethinking of human security and social quality and for creative intertwining between the two with visions and practices of practical