Social Ethics

Catholic Ethicists on HIV/AIDS Prevention

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"An eye-opening demonstration of how Catholic moral theology works in the concrete...[Keenan shows that] the Catholic tradition of moral theology is robust, timely, supple, humane and, most of all, wise enough to make vital contributions to ongoing global discussions about the current state of the Body of Christ." -National Catholic Reporter
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9780826412300
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2000-05-01
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Child Poverty: Love, Justice, and Social Responsibility

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Child Poverty: Love, Justice, and Social Responsibility serves as a tool for those who wish to become instigators of love and justice in the world. Developed from a nine-year task force for the United Methodist Bishops Initiative on Children and Poverty, Child Poverty explores the possibilities for the church to assume a responsibility for children with needs in the local community, state, nation, and around the world. Children who are economically poor face many of the same problems as children with more economic means, yet poverty concentrates problems in the lives of poor children. Problems that should be merely an inconvenience turn out to be life threatening for some children. Through analysis of concrete cases and ministries, Child Poverty demonstrates that the flourishing of poor children and all children is best supported by interdependent conditions of both love and justice. Just as children and poverty are interconnected, so too should be love and justice.
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9780827205093
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2007-12-01
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CHRISTIAN ETHICS: A CASE METHOD APPROACH 3RD ED

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..."an outstanding educational tool in a number of settings, from parish adult groups to undergraduate and seminary ethics courses."
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9781570756214
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2005-12-05
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City: Urbanism and Its End

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A new understanding of the modern city, its challenges, and why old ideas about urban renewal won't work

How did neighborhood groceries, parish halls, factories, and even saloons contribute more to urban vitality than did the fiscal might of postwar urban renewal? With a novelist's eye for telling detail, Douglas Rae depicts the features that contributed most to city life in the early "urbanist" decades of the twentieth century. Rae's subject is New Haven, Connecticut, but the lessons he draws apply to many American cities. City: Urbanism and Its End beginswith a richly textured portrait of New Haven in the early twentieth century, a period of centralized manufacturing, civic vitality, and mixed-use neighborhoods. As social and economic conditions changed, the city confronted its end of urbanism first during the Depression, and then very aggressively during the mayoral reign of Richard C. Lee (1954-70), when New Haven led the nation in urban renewal spending. But government spending has repeatedly failed to restore urban vitality. Rae argues that strategies for the urban future should focus on nurturing the unplanned civic engagements that make mixed-use city life so appealing and so civilized. Cities need not reach their old peaks of population, or look like thriving suburbs, to be once again splendid places for human beings to live and work.

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9780300107746
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2005-03-11
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Claims of Culture

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How can liberal democracy best be realized in a world fraught with conflicting new forms of identity politics and intensifying conflicts over culture? This book brings unparalleled clarity to the contemporary debate over this question. Maintaining that cultures are themselves torn by conflicts about their own boundaries, Seyla Benhabib challenges the assumption shared by many theorists and activists that cultures are clearly defined wholes. She argues that much debate--including that of "strong" multiculturalism, which sees cultures as distinct pieces of a mosaic--is dominated by this faulty belief, one with grave consequences for how we think injustices among groups should be redressed and human diversity achieved. Benhabib masterfully presents an alternative approach, developing an understanding of cultures as continually creating, re-creating, and renegotiating the imagined boundaries between "us" and "them."


Drawing on contemporary cultural politics from Western Europe, Canada, and the United States, Benhabib develops a double-track model of deliberative democracy that permits maximum cultural contestation within the official public sphere as well as in and through social movements and the institutions of civil society. Agreeing with political liberals that constitutional and legal universalism should be preserved at the level of polity, she nonetheless contends that such a model is necessary to resolve multicultural conflicts.


Analyzing in detail the transformation of citizenship practices in European Union countries, Benhabib concludes that flexible citizenship, certain kinds of legal pluralism and models of institutional powersharing are quite compatible with deliberative democracy, as long as they are in accord with egalitarian reciprocity, voluntary self-ascription, and freedom of exit and association. The Claims of Culture offers invaluable insight to all those, whether students or scholars, lawyers or policymakers, who strive to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of cultural politics in the twenty-first century.

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9780691048635
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2002-08-25
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Consumer Society Reader

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A unique and definitive reader on our "national passion"--buying stuff--and its consequences for American society. We are citizens, owners and workers, believers and heathens, but today more than anything else we are consumers. How this came to be and its consequences for us all is the subject of this pioneering reader on the rise--and continued rise--of consumerism. The Consumer Society Reader features a range of key works on the nature and evolution of consumer society. It includes classics such as the Frankfurt School writers Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marcuse on the Culture Industry; Thorstein Veblen's oft-cited writings on "conspicuous consumption"; Betty Friedan on the housewife's central role in consumer society; and John Kenneth Galbraith's influential analysis of the "affluent society." The book also includes much-discussed recent work by such leading critics as Pierre Bourdieu, Thomas Frank, bell hooks, Bill McKibben, and Janice Radway. A landmark in social criticism, The Consumer Society Reader is sure to become the standard book on the subject.
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9781565845985
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2000-08-01
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Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says about Criminal Justice

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An inmate for life, Jens Soeing tells stories of prison lif that are shocking ans inspiring. He confronts us with Jesus' challenge to love not only the least amongst us but those who are perceived as the worst amongst us.
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9781570756481
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2006-03-01
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Corporate Irresponsibility: America's Newest Export

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Corporations are often so focused on making short-term profits for their stockholders that they behave in ways that adversely affect their employees, the environment, consumers, American politics, and even the long-term well-being of the corporation, says Lawrence Mitchell in this provocative book. This is a significant issue not only in the United States but also in the world, for many countries are beginning to emulate the American model of corporate governance. Mitchell criticizes this emphasis on profit maximization and the corporate legal structure that encourages it, and he offers concrete proposals to bring about more socially responsible corporate behavior.

Mitchell declares that managers should be freed from the legal and structural constraints that make it difficult for them to exercise ordinary moral judgment and be held accountable for their actions. He suggests, for example, that earnings reports be required annually rather than quarterly, that the capital gains tax be increased on stocks held for fewer than thirty days, and that elections of corporate boards of directors be held every five years rather than every year. Mitchell places the problem of corporate irresponsibility within the broader context of American life and demonstrates the extent to which contemporary corporate behavior represents a corruption of our cherished liberal values of personal freedom and individuality.

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9780300090239
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2001-12-11
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Cosmopolitanism

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The idea of cosmopolitanism has informed some of the most important developments in current sociology. It has changed the way in which we think about a vast array of issues: the forces of globalization, the resurgence of nationalism, the future of political community in Europe, the role of international law in social life, changing forms of violence and even the life of the mind. This book explains what cosmopolitanism is and why it has grabbed the sociological imagination.

Robert Fine explores the concept of cosmopolitanism and its application to a range of contemporary issues, including:

  • the future of Europe
  • the role of human rights, global governance and perpetual peace in the construction of a cosmopolitan order
  • crimes against humanity
  • the justification of humanitarian military interventions
  • the extension of democracy beyond national limits.
  • This book offers an innovative mix of theoretical and socio-political elements that will be of great interest to students and researchers in the fields of international political theory, international relations, social theory and cultural studies.

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    2007-11-15
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    Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

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    Drawing on a broad range of disciplines, including history, literature, and philosophy as well as the author's own experience of life on three continents ?Cosmopolitanism? is a moral manifesto for a planet we share with more than six billion strangers."
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    9780393329339
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    2007-02-01
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    Covenant Economics: A Biblical Vision of Justice for All

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    The Bible might seem like the last place one would look for information and guidance on economics, but in fact the Bible deals with all aspects of life. Richard Horsley's Covenant Economics explores economic issues in the Bible, offering pastors, students, and laity a clearer understanding of the Bible's clarion call for economic justice for all--an issue that is sure to resonate during today's trying economic times.

    Questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading are included in this volume--a work that will spark lively conversation.

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    9780664233952
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    2009-06-01
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    Cutting-Edge Bioethics: A Christian Exploration of Technologies and Trends (Horizon in Bioethics Series Book)

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    This book from the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity provides a faith-based evaluation of recent technologies and trends in bioethics--including the current debate surrounding stem cell research. Fifteen noted scholars and medical practitioners discuss some of today's new and controversial work in biomedicine--xenotransplantation, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, and more--and evaluate from a Christian perspective both the science and the ethical questions it raises. Designed to orient general readers to the current state of biomedical research, Cutting-Edge Bioethics is must reading for anyone wishing to confront and wrestle with the challenging moral issues posed by this ever-advancing field.
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    9780802849595
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    2002-04-11
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    Dangerous Diplomacy: The Story of Carl Lutz, Rescuer of 62,000 Hungarian Jews

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    This volume tells for the first time the courageous story of Carl Lutz (1895-1975), the Swiss diplomat who single-handedly rescued 62,000 Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps -- a daring action now recognized as the largest, most successful rescue effort ever undertaken in Nazi-dominated Europe.

    For over fifty years this dramatic story has remained dormant in government archives and among family papers. Finally now available in English, this carefully researched biography tells how Lutz, as Swiss Consul in Budapest from 1942 to 1945, defied diplomatic rules and conventions by issuing protective papers for tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews destined for the death camps. Dangerous Diplomacy recounts Lutz's selfless odyssey with compelling writing complemented by a 16-page photo section.

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    9780802839053
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    2000-11-01
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    Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate

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    When Chava Colon from the Prison Coalition asks me one January day in 1982 to become a pen pal to a death-row inmate, I say, Sure. The invitation seems to fit with my work in St. Thomas, a New Orleans housing project of poor black residents. Not death row exactly, but close. Thus begins Sister Helen Prejean's story of her encounter with the death penalty in America. When she first writes to Patrick Sonnier, the condemned killer of two teenagers, this unassuming Roman Catholic nun from a middle class Louisiana family is wholly unprepared for what will follow. As she grows to know Sonnier, she sees the terrified human being beneath the surface of the repentant killer and becomes increasingly disturbed not only by the inhumane conditions of his confinement but also by the terrible anguish he suffers during the long countdown toward execution. She also sees the moral struggles of the public officials - the governor, the head of the Department of Corrections, wardens, guards - who have to carry out killings that the law demands but that they do not personally believe in. And she comes to know the dismaying truth about the death penalty's disproportionate cost in money and resources, and how fragile and sometimes chaotic the justice system can be. Her experience soon leads her to ask: How can society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns? In formulating her answer, however, Helen Prejean also confronts the counterbalancing factors. Chief among them is the devastating rage and grief of the victims' families, whom she comes to know and befriend and whose need for retribution she understands. Prejean's indictment of capital punishment sensitively navigates the complex personal,ethical, and legal issues involved, balancing compassion for both the criminals and the people whose lives they destroy. By turns reflective and deeply personal, spiritual and candidly human, this engrossing and deeply moving meditation on one of the most painfully controversial issue
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    9780679751311
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    1994-05-31
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    Defending Human Dignity: John Paul II and Political Realism

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    Engages Pope John Paul II's political writings appreciatively and critically, demonstrating how he prioritizes human dignity in spite of the political tendency to dominate others.
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    9781587430923
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    2004-07-01
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    Development as Freedom

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    By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development--for both rich and poor--in the twenty-first century.

    Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population. Releasing the idea of individual freedom from association with any particular historical, intellectual, political, or religious tradition, Sen clearly demonstrates its current applicability and possibilities. In the new global economy, where, despite unprecedented increases in overall opulence, the contemporary world denies elementary freedoms to vast numbers--perhaps even the majority of people--he concludes, it is still possible to practically and optimistically restain a sense of social accountability. Development as Freedom is essential reading.

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    9780385720274
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    2000-08-15
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    Disarmed And Dangerous: The Radical Life And Times Of Daniel And Philip Berrigan, Brothers In Religious Faith And Civil Disobedience

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    What transformed Daniel and Philip Berrigan from conventional Roman Catholic priests into ?holy outlaws for a time the two most wanted men of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI? And how did they evolve from their traditionally pious, second-generation immigrant beginnings to become the most famous (some would say notorious) religious rebels of their day?Disarmed and Dangerous, the first full-length unauthorized biography of the Berrigans, answers these questions with an incisive and illuminating account of their rise to prominence as civil rights and antiwar activists. It also traces the brothers' careers as constant thorns in the side of church authority as well as their leadership of the ongoing Plowshares movement?a highly controversial campaign of civil disobedience against the contemporary arms trade and nuclear weapons.Murray Polner and Jim O'Grady plumb the Berrigans' contradictions: among them, Philip's secret marriage, while he was still a Josephite priest, to Elizabeth McAlister, then a Catholic nun, which led to their dismissals by their respective religious orders and Philip's excommunication from the church; and Daniel's speech faulting Israel's treatment of Palestinians, and the resulting criticism loosed upon him from pro-Israeli Americans and many of his allies on the left.Disarmed and Dangerous is a fascinating study of brothers linked by faith and the dreams of peace and social justice in a century bloodied by war, mass murders, and weapons of immense destructive power. It is, above all, an original contribution to modern American history that is sure to be widely read and discussed.
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    9780813334493
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    1998-03-20
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    Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter

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    This book brings to the fore the difficult realities of racism and the sexual violation of women. Traci West argues for a liberative method of Christian social ethics in which the discussion begins not with generic philosophical concepts but in the concrete realities of the lives of the socially and economically marginalized.

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    9780664229597
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    2006-01-16
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    Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing (2nd ed.)

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    Doing Justice introduces people of faith to congregation-based community organizing rooted in the day-to- day struggles and hopes of urban ministry. Drawing from the authors decades of experience in community organizing ministry and skillfully illustrated with examples, Dennis A. Jacobsen weaves theological and biblical warrants for community organizing into concrete strategies for achieving justice in the public arena and discusses fundamental organizing principles like power, self-interest, and agitation. The second, updated edition includes a new preface and forewords, new sidebars by Grant Stevensen that draw the reader into conversation, an expanded list for further reading, and updated contact information on organizing networks and relevant websites.

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    9781506418810
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    2017-05-01
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    Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

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    'Don't Think of an Elephant' offers analysis of the key issues in the 2004 U.S. election and beyond, discussing how progressives need to better examine issues in order to counter conservative arguments.
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    9781931498715
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    2004-09-10
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    Dream of the Tattered Man : Stories from Georgia's Death Row

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    This gripping volume records Randy Loney's weekly visits with prisoners on Georgia's death row, movingly portraying the personal relationships he developed with men awaiting execution.

    In these powerful meditations Loney tells how he came to visit death row and speaks candidly of the intellectual and theological resources that shape his understanding of his visits. Whatever one feels or thinks about the issues related to death row, Loney brings the reader closer to the men who live their lives on the brink of death. Though the book contains an implicit critique of the American justice system and capital punishment, Loney's primary intent is to show, in very intimate terms, the genuine humanity of those deemed unworthy of life.

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    9780802842800
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    2001-04-08
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    Economic Justice for All

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    This tenth anniversary edition of the landmark pastoral letter includes both A Decade After Economic Justice for All and A Catholic Framework for Economic Life.
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    9781574551358
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    1997-04-01
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    Ending Hunger Now

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    Writing for congregations and individuals of faith, McGovern, Dole, and Messer appeal to the biblical, theological, and ethical foundations of action against hunger.
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    9780800637828
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    2005-10-01
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    Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trusteeship

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    Entrusted provides a much needed contribution to the literature on ethics in the healthcare arena." --Health Progress

    A splendid and invaluable book, one every trustee with an active conscience would want to read and one every trustee with a dormant conscience ought to read." --Richard Chait, Center for Higher Education Governance and Leadership

    ... thoughtful essays on the morality, obligations, practice, and virtues of trusteeship.... Smith presents intriguing arguments for governance grounded in a broader sense of organizational and public stewardship." --ARNOVA News

    [Smith's] contribution breaks some new and difficult ground by helping us to think beyond the routine and mundane dimensions of trusteeship." --Academe

    ... essential reading for trustees." --Ethics

    Entrusted should be required reading for trustees of any not-for-profit." --Advancing Philanthropy

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    9780253353313
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    1995-05-22
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    Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide

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    This book explores the concept of 'cognitive injustice': the failure to recognise the different ways of knowing by which people across the globe run their lives and provide meaning to their existence. Boaventura de Sousa Santos shows why global social justice is not possible without global cognitive justice. Santos argues that Western domination has profoundly marginalised knowledge and wisdom that had been in existence in the global South. She contends that today it is imperative to recover and valorize the epistemological diversity of the world. Epistemologies of the South outlines a new kind of bottom-up cosmopolitanism, in which conviviality, solidarity and life triumph against the logic of market-ridden greed and individualism.
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    9781612055459
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    2014-10-02
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