The politics of transformative harmony

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dc.contributor.author Desmond, Elaine
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-24T09:28:23Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-24T09:28:23Z
dc.date.issued 2013-04
dc.identifier.citation Desmond, Elaine (2013) ‘The politics of transformative harmony,’ Gandhi Marg Quarterly, 35(1), pp. 119-132. en
dc.identifier.volume 35 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 119 en
dc.identifier.endpage 132 en
dc.identifier.issn 0016-4437
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3209
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the idea of transformative harmony as a concern of the political. It proposes that the cultivation of harmony as a project of the Self is closely related to the political project of democracy as a quest for social harmony. This is in light of the view that social conflict can be seen as a collective manifestation of individual struggles to establish inner harmony. The paper, firstly, explores the idea that the quest for harmony is an intersubjective, as well as an intra-subjective, undertaking. This is in line with the Gandhian principle that societies ultimately reflect the level of enlightenment of the actors who form them. It also critiques the use of violence as a means of securing transformative harmony and social change. Finally, the paper discusses the way in which transformative harmony, in terms of its focus on the Self as the site for attaining the type of altered consciousness required to bring about social change, shares a philosophical basis with both ideas of ‘deep democracy’ and Habermasian discourse ethics. It is proposed that the project of transformative harmony represents, by default, a project to transform democratic praxis. Keywords: Harmony, politics, ethics, rights, duties, Gandhi, democracy, risk. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Gandhi Peace Foundation en
dc.relation.uri http://www.gandhipeacefoundation.org/ en
dc.rights © 2013 Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi en
dc.subject Harmony en
dc.subject Politics en
dc.subject Ethics en
dc.subject Rights en
dc.subject Duties en
dc.subject Gandhi en
dc.subject Democracy en
dc.subject Risk en
dc.title The politics of transformative harmony en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Elaine Desmond, Sociology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Email: Elainedesmond5@hotmail.com en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Gandhi Marg Quarterly en
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