Solidarity and Suffering: Toward a Politics of Relationality

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SUNY Press, 1998 M01 1 - 335 pages
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This book delineates a vision that moves beyond a politics of divisiveness toward a new way of constructing lives together throughout the world. Sturm's "politics of relationality" is an alternative to classical liberalism and cultural conservatism. It calls for mutual respect and creative dialogue, promoting a principle of justice as solidarity. Sturm develops a radically reconstructive approach to a wide range of social issues: human rights, affirmative action, property, corporations, religious pluralism, social conflict, and the environment. Solidarity and Suffering: Toward a Politics of Relationality is infused with a spirituality of compassion, suggesting that, in their core meanings, justice and love coalesce.

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Contents

Prelude Toward a Politics of Relationality
1
Human Rights
17
The Idea of Human Rights A Communitarian Perspective
19
On the Suffering and Rights of Children Toward a Theology of Childhood Liberation
39
Interlude Affirmative Action and the Deprivations of Racism
63
Economic Relations
71
The Meaning and Use of Property
73
Corporate Governance and Democracy
123
Interlude Wisdom and CompassionThe Deeper Dimensions of Understanding
201
Social Conflict
207
The Politics of Annihilation and the Mission of Higher Education
209
On Making Peace Nonviolence and the Principle of Relationality
229
Interlude Criminality and Community
247
Ecological Community
253
Ecology and Social Justice Shattering the Boundaries of Moral Community
255
Postlude Koinonology and the Ecological Principle
275

Interlude The Socialist Vision Revisited
149
Religious Commitment
157
Religion as Critique and the Critique of Religion The Problem of the Self in the Modern World
159
Crossing the Boundaries Interreligious Dialogue and the Political Question
181
Notes
289
Index
329
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Douglas Sturm is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Political Science, Bucknell University. He is also the author of Community and Alienation: Essays on Process Thought and Public Life.

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