INTRODUCTIONS

 
A New Series from SAMPARK in cooperation with Editions La Decouverte, Paris Short yet comprehensive introductions to a variety of subjects that are extremely relevant in the contemporary global context. Originally written by scholars from France and other nations, and published in French by Editions La Decouverte in their Collection Reperes series. Lucidly written, the books are excellent academic introductions to complex subjects. They will be useful to students, research scholars and academics across disciplines. The Sampark editions in English are for sale only in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. Each book in this series is priced at Rs.250

 

economics / globalisation

 

THE BRIC ECONOMIES

Brazil Russia India China
Andrea Goldstein Francois Lemoine (Originally published in French as L'economie des BRIC)
"The rise of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) has a huge impact on global economics. Their current emergence is, especially for China and India, a return to the front of the international stage after a long eclipse. This recent arrival is however, in the continuation of their development efforts, undertaken at the beginning or in the middle of the 20th century. From the achievements and lessons learnt from past failures, the BRICs began the great transformation of their economies in the 1990s. Their new economic policies allowed them to take full advantage of their strengths and the opportunities offered by globalisation. Andrea Goldstein is an economist at the OECD Development Centre (Paris). He has previously worked within the World Bank Group, OECD Economics Department and for the Italian Securities and Exchange Commission. Francoise Lemoine is Adviser at the Center for prospective studies and international information (CEPII). She is the author of L'Economie de la Chine(Reperes, 2006, 4th edition) and of several publications on the integration of emerging economies into the global economy.

This edition is for sale only in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan ISBN 978-81-7768- 104-8

 

globalisation

 

SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION

Romain Lecler
Originally published in French as Sociologie de la mondialisation
"The existing work on Globalization is usually firmly black or white. Is it a phenomenon or a figure of speech? Is it recent or old? Is it more noticeable in or flows at the local level? For individuals, is it perceived as coming 'from the top' or 'down at the bottom'? Is it a force of homogenization or of differentiation? This book reviews the extensive existing literature and offers social sciences' perspective on the issue, different from the usual reductive one focusing solely on economic issues. Romain Lecler holds an Agregation in economic and social sciences. He was visiting scholar to New York University for three years. He is presently completing his thesis on the French globalization of pictures at the University of Paris-1

This edition is for sale only in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan ISBN 978-81-7768- 105-5

 

environment / history

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Jean-Baptiste Fressoz
Frederic Graber
Fabien Locher
Gregory Quenet

Originally published in French as Introduction a L'Histoire de L'Environnement
"This book explores the essential role that socio-economic dynamics have played in crucial historical phenomena such as the colonization of the world by Western powers (15th to 20th century), the Cold War and the Industrial Revolution. Environmental history offers us a new look at the challenges we face at the present time as well as a unique view of the long history of our societies. The book offers an overarching, well thought out panaorama. Jean-Baptiste Fressoz is a historian of science, technology and the environment and head of research at the Centre Alexandre Koyre (CNRS-EHESS). Frederic Graber is a historian and head of research at the CNRS and at the Centre de Recherches historiques de l'EHESS. Fabien Locher is a historian and head of research at the CNRS and at the Centre de Recherches historiques de l'EHESS. Gregory Quenet is a modern history professor at the Universite de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and a junior member of the Institut universitaire de France

This edition is for sale only in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan ISBN 978-81-7768- 106-2

 

folkore / slavic studies / Indian Studies / history

 

SOUTHERN SLAVS AND INDIA : RELATIONS IN ORAL TRADITION

Edited by : Zmago Smitek
"The Slovenian heroine Lepa Vida (Beautiful Vida) is featured in folk ballads describing her abduction and homesickness after she is taken away on a boat by a Negro (the Slovene word for Negro is zamorec and means also somebody from the other side of the sea). It is possible that originally this was a dark chthonian god or demon from the netherworld. Consequently we can compare Beautiful Vida with the main plot of Ramayana, according to which the black demon Ravana kidnaps Sita and takes her across the sea to the island of Lanka. She is rescued by the Prince Rama. According to some Slovenian versions of the story, the rescuer is the embodiment of the Sun (a sun hero?) or the thunder god. Analogies can also be found in German and Slavic folk songs featuring 'the black Arab'. Everything discussed here shows that the early Vedic culture of northern India (regardless of whether it is indigenous or imported) was not only closely connected with the neighbouring ancient Iranian culture, but also with the majority of the cultures of the European continent. These connections were already noticed by ancient Graeco-Roman writers describing India, who compared Indian gods with those of Greece and Rome.With the arrival of the Arabs, the last threads were cut off, and India with its wonders became a fabulous land of dreams for the Europeans, who took another millennium to rediscover what Graeco-Romans had already known.

Zmago Smitek is professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

literature / ecology

 

ECOLOGY THROUGH POETRY THE RIGHT TO LIVE

Edited by : Iztok Osojnik, Jelka Kernev Strajn & Darja Pavlic
"This collection of essays are in honour of Slovene poet Jure Detela.Ecology conceals a field of ideology today; it addresses real problems but mystifies them. It is the new opiate of the masses. The cautionary approach to humanity´s relation with nature operates in the sameway as religion posing as an unquestionable authority by imposing limits upon how we can conceive ourselves and the world we live in the universe of meaning, that is where ecology enters today Jure Detela, the poet, understood that well the gaze of the deer in the poem by Jure Detela is a kind of primordial scene when a wounded animal looks at you, or, to follow the scene from the poem, the deer, the morituri, the animals who are about to die under the shots by hunters who are nothing less than the human society in general. This gaze is the primordial gaze of the other what does this animal see in us, what kind of a monster. This monstrosity is something to think about. It questions the very socio-symbolic conditions of the ecology as ideology. This is what the essays in this book try to elaborate.

- Slavoj .i.ek

Contents at a Glance

Iztok Osojnik Ecology through Poetry / Branka Vicar The Problematization of Violence Against Animals in Detela´s Poetry Jelka Kernev Strajn Human Presence in the Eyes of Animals Alenka Jovanovski Violence, Animal Rights and Ecopoetry in the Work of Jure Detela /Darja Pavlic The Relationship towards Animals in the Romantic Tradition and Jure Detela´s Poetry Boidar Flajsman Art Has an Inherently Ecological Character: Ecological Elements in the Work of Jure Detela /Raymond Miller On Translating Jure Detela: Some Structural and Thematic Observations /Richard Jackson Metaphysical Personal: Ecological Thinking in the Poetry of W.S. Mervin and Jure Detela Sunandan Roy Chowdhury Continent of Love and Pain: Post-Colonial Mind and Poet Jibanananda Das

 

management / life skills

 

MANAGE, LIVE & LEAD, An Inspirational Guide for Managers, Students and Citizens

Venkat Changavalli
"Venkat Changavalli led an inspired team of professionals at EMRI to an unbelievable feat of saving half a million lives in 6 years. Starting with 15 ambulances operating in Andhra Pradesh in 2005 EMRI grew to 3'200 ambulances operating in 12 states of India in 2011. A graduate of NIT Warangal and of IIM Ahmedabad, in a career spanning four decades, Changavalli has traversed the boardrooms of corporate India and dusty roads of village India with equal ease. Here he puts forward in a lucid style, the best of his learning and knowledge in the form of an inspirational guide for managers, students and citizens. It will enliven you, engage you and will inspire you.


Contents at a Glance

Prologue
I Manage 1.0 People Management - Hiring Right People /Focus on right people /Retaining talent /2.0 Customer Management - Marketing Strategy /Selling /Service Marketing /Customer Service /3.0Managerial Skills — Consultation /Decision Making /Finance /Negotiation/ Stressful Conversation Management

II Live 1.0 Values /2.0 Attitude /3.0 Self-Management Skills - Self Confidence /Vaccinate against Excusitis /Bad Habits and Practices of Star Performers /Stress and Anger Management /Time Management / Introspection /4.0 Interpersonal Skills — Communication /Conflict Management /Connecting with people /Influencing /Relationships / Respecting

III Lead 1.0 Key Skills of Leadership - Strategic Thinking/Innovation/ Execution /Team Building /Coaching /Collaboration /Delegation / Emotional Intelligence /Leading Change /Motivation /2.0 Dimensions of Leadership - Basics of Leadership /Different perspectives of leadership /Alphabet of Leadership / Level 5 Leadership /Role of Leadership in Strategy Execution & Innovation /Ethical Leadership / Socially Responsible Leadership /Leading in Crisis /Learning from Lagaan movie /Experience as CEO Epilogue - Building Successful Brand - My Story

 

 

economics/development/finance

 

BANKING, REFORMS & CORRUPTION

Development Issues in 21st Century India
M G Warrier M G Warrier is a former general manager of the Reserve Bank of India in Mumbai. During his stint with India's central bank and later, Warrier regularly wrote on economics and business climate as well as issues relating to development and old age care. The articles and short essays published in this book have been published in a variety of print and web media.

The book raises critically important issues and reflects on debates concerning role of India's central bank and banking in India including the much talked about subject of rural banking, the idea of development in post-liberalisation India and the extremely important and little discussed theme of pensions and life after retirement.

Before joining RBI, Warrier had previously worked with the Employees Provident Fund Organisation and the Accountant General's Office in Kerala. He has been associated with the trade union movement and contributes articles to newspapers and magazines including The Global Analyst, and Moneylife.in.

“ I am not surprised and am certainly happy that M G Warrier has decided to bring out in a book form his writings on banking , economy and social issues over the last few years in newspapers and other media. I have known Warrier since 1980s and apart from being extremely intelligent , I found him to have a very practical and mature approach to issues of policy and practice in the RBI. His areas of interest have clearly expanded in his post retirement period which has seen him emerging as an observer of the national economy and society which he expresses through his writings - his concern for good governance in all matters are reflected in his commentaries on current issues and he is unafraid in articulating uncomfortable truths

- Usha Thorat
Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
ISBN 978-81-7768-076-8
economics / development / finance
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Politics / Economics

 

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF LABOUR:

Canada and Slovenia Paul Phillips & Bogomil Ferfila
This is essentially two distinct books within one cover, the first being, Political Economy and Canadian Labour and the second Political Economy and Slovenian Labour. In the first book, Paul Phillips looks at political economy and Canadian capitalism, the conflict between democracy and neoliberal capitalism, institutions of production and exchange, production theory, the labour process and market; investment, growth and crisis; international sector and globalism. After sketching the problems of neo-liberal global capitalism in detail, Phillips puts forward an alternative program for labour. He argues that there is a neoliberal threat to democracy and economic security and stresses that trade unions matter and puts forth a democratic agenda.
In the second book, Bogomil Ferfila sketches the economic history of Slovenia from 6th century till 1991, and then looks at the transition and economic development of independent Slovenia in the decade after 1991, the development of corporatism in Slovenia, monetary and exchange rate policies during Slovenia's transition. He then discusses labour, transition and the development of new industrial relations; and the political economy of Slovenian transition from 1945 to 2004 as well as the role of budget in the transition process. He ends with a discussion on Slovenia's accession to EU and Slovenia's functioning in the European Union.
Paul Phillips was a professor at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Bogomil Ferfila is head of the Global and American studies graduate programmes and professor at the faculty of social sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
 

World Affairs / European Studies

POLITICAL SYSTEM OF SLOVENIA

Marjan Brezovsek, Miro Hacek, Milan Zver, Simona Kukovi
This book by four accomplished Slovenian scholar of politics from the university of Ljubljana deals with idea and praxis of democracy in Slovenia historical viewpoint, processes of democratic transition and consolidation historical legacies and gaining of independence, processes of social and political modernisation the consolidation of Slovenian democracy, the institutionalisation of Slovenian democracy the constitution and division of power, Parliament in Slovenian state regulation, the executive power, the relationship between executive and legislative powers, the judicial system, other state authorities and their relations, regional and local self-government, dynamical viewpoint of Slovenian democracy political participation at the national level, political participation at the sub-national level: the local democracy, political parties and coalition building, national minorities and Roma community civil society and NGO's, relationship between Slovenia and European union, political culture in Slovenia.

Adventures in PR from Yugoslavia to Harvard to the European Capital of Culture

Bozidar Novak
Bozidar Novak is one of Slovenia´s and Europe´s foremost men of PR. He has consulted national and global leaders on election campaigns and has a wide range of expertise in the field of public relations. He is a writer and has published widely. In this book, the fifth from Novak, he details his observations of people and phenomena that will be useful to professionals in PR and in a wide variety of disciplines ranging from public affairs to management and business.

 

Indian History / World History

HINDU ICONOCLASTS:

Rammohan Roy, Dayananda Saraswati and 19th Century Polemics Against Idolatry Noel A. Salmond
This book examines the origins of the ideas of Raja Rammohan Ray and Dayananda Saraswati by considering the process of diffusion and independent invention that is, whether ideas are borrowed from other cultures or arise spontaneously and without influence from external sources. Examining their writings Salmond suggests that Hindu Iconoclasm was a complex movement whose attitudes may have arisen from independent invention and were then reinforced by diffusion. Originally published by Wilfried Laurier University Press, Canada. This edition is for sale in South Asia only.



WITH WAGNER AND STRAUSS IN HITLER´S GERMANY and other Biographical Reflections

Rex Harrower
Rexford Harrower is the first stage director from the New World to direct opera extensively in European opera houses. Starting with the inception of the Houston Opera, he was also something of a pioneer in the development of regional performance in the USA. This book, however, is primarily about his formative years; particularly those passed in pre-war Germany. There he was introduced to a rich cultural heritage at a time when it was being systematically eroded by a government that had effectively eliminated civil rights, under the pretext of coping with a national emergency.


 

Politics /History/ Asian Studies

 

A VISION OF EMPIRE:Kita lkki and the making of modern Japan

With an appendix The Fundamental Principles for Reorganisation of Japan (first complete English translation of Kaizo hoan taiko by Kita Ikki)
Brij Tankha
The book examines the writings of Kita lkki (1883-1937), an influential ideologue, who sought to understand the nature of modern Japan in the context of Western domination. Japanese scholarship on him has been largely preoccupied with the reasons why he moved from socialism to ultra-nationalism, and his role in inspiring the young army officers who led an abortive coupd´etat in February 1936.



NARRATIVES OF ASIA FROM INDIA, JAPAN AND CHINA

Brij Tankha & Madhavi Thampi
The two essays in this volume seek to understand the long-term factors that formed the modern understanding of Asia by examining the way ideas about the region developed in India, China and Japan. They go beyond the colonial framework and look at the premodern roots of what Asia meant, in order to understand the background of the modern debates around the concept of Asia. The essay concludes with reflections on the way Asia has been perceived in the People´s Republic of China, and on the significance of presentday China's identification with the region known as the Asia Pacific.


Brij Tankha is retired professor of Japanese and Chinese Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University Madhavi Thampi is at the Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University

 

Film Studies /globalisation

 

THE INDIAN FILM THEORY

Gaston Roberge Flames of Sholay, Notes and Beyond
In this book Gaston Roberge sets out on the ambitious task of trying to lay the outlines of what can be an Indian theory of films. He draws upon ancient Indian texts and his critical analysis both of mainstream Indian films as also of the critics who make up the intellectual world of Indian cinema. The book raises several questions about how we should look at films, commercial cinema, audiences and the role of cinema in a society like India. It is a fresh take on the way the cinema world is understood in India and beyond. It will inspire us to look beyond western frames of understanding cinema.


HUMANITY UNDER THE NEW EMPIRES

Gaston Roberge
The book states precisely what it aims to do, namely, help all of us to rediscover our humanity. In Vandana Shiva´s words, that is the highest imperative today. We are living under ´empires´ that have little in common with the empires of old, except the will and the power to dominate and exploit. The first section of the book deals with the new empires and offers a descriptive definition of the human. To encourage the reader to be active, the second section of the book deals with the efforts made worldwide to counter the negative effects of globalisation. The third section describes a pedagogy of the subjects living under the empires, more or less aware of their subjection. Most people are entirely seduced by the gratifications offered by the ´new empires´, like fashions, news, sports, and stardom-all used as ´weapons of mass distraction´ to complement the ´weapons of mass destruction,´ freely used by empires that spread terror under the guise of fighting terrorism.