Discerning the Powers in Post-Colonial Africa and Asia

A Treatise on Christian Statecraft

Authors: Wong, Pak Nung

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  • Presents a novel study of Christian statecraft in post-colonial African and Asian contexts
  • Includes debates on the suitability of Christian statecraft and the nexus between spirituality and world politics
  • Empirically illustrates the Christian pacifist political theology from a Foucaultian perspective
  • Offers intervention schemes and de-colonial options influenced by Christian statecraft as potential means of addressing global problems
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Qualifying post-Westphalian sovereign statehood as a ‘power’ as argued for in Hendrik Berkhoff’s political theology, this book addresses the decades-long theological-spiritual debate between Christian realism and Christian pacifism in U.S. foreign policy and global Christian circles. It approaches the debate by delving into the pacifist Anabaptist political theology and delineates empirically how sovereign statehood in post-colonial Africa and Asia has fallen into the hands of the devil Satan, as a ‘fallen power’ in the Foucaultian terms of power structures, techniques and episteme. While the book offers intervention schemes and options, it holds that Christian statecraft remains the source of hope to effectively address a number of serious global issues. By extension, the book is thus an invitation to ignite debates on the suitability of Christian statecraft and the nexus between spirituality and world politics, making it especially interesting for scholars and students in the fields of International Politics, Politics of Asian and African States, Post-colonial Studies and Political Theology.  

About the authors

Dr Pak Nung Wong is a Senior Lecturer at Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS) at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. He teaches politics and international relations in East and South East Asia. Apart from serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Bandung: Journal of the Global South (SpringerOpen), his research interests cover the sociological, geopolitical and theological-spiritual aspects of Christian statecraft in the post-colonial African and Asian contexts. Recent book is Post-Colonial Statecraft in South East Asia: Sovereignty, State Building and the Chinese in the Philippines (I. B. Tauris, 2013). As an ecumenical Christian, he was educated in Lutheran and Anglican Christian schools in Hong Kong and is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (Hong Kong). He is also Research Academic at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuguegarao in the Philippines.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Towards a Christian Perspective of the Post-colonial State in Africa and Asia

    Wong, Pak Nung

    Pages 1-23

  • Haunted Structures: Agents and Violent Conflicts in Post-colonial African State Formation

    Wong, Pak Nung

    Pages 27-49

  • Sovereign, Déjà Vu! Unmasking the Resonating Structures in the Rwandan and Cambodian State-Making Genocides

    Wong, Pak Nung

    Pages 51-73

  • Techniques of Hegemony and Sovereignty: Censure, Exception and Criminal Justice in Colonial Hong Kong and Socialist China

    Wong, Pak Nung

    Pages 77-92

  • Re-defining Evilness: Initiating an South-South Peaceable Dialogue Towards the ISIS Caliphate-Warlord Politics

    Wong, Pak Nung

    Pages 93-117

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.99
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Softcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-5698-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Discerning the Powers in Post-Colonial Africa and Asia
Book Subtitle
A Treatise on Christian Statecraft
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-287-511-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-287-511-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-287-510-5
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-5698-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 182
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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