Change across Cultures: A Narrative Approach to Social Transformation

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Baker Books, Mar 1, 2002 - Religion - 264 pages
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C. S. Lewis compared the task of ethical inquiry to sailing a fleet of ships; the primary task is avoiding collisions. When introducing cultural change, such collisions are inevitable. Bruce Bradshaw provides expert instruction for navigating these cultural clashes.

Bradshaw contends that lasting change comes only through altering the stories by which people live. The Bible is the metanarrative whose altering theme of redemption forms a transcultural ethical basis. Aspects of God's redemption story can change how local cultures think and behave toward the environment, religions, government, gender identities, economics, science, and technology. However, effective change takes place only in a context of reconciliation, Christian community, and mutual learning.

A must read for anyone engaged in or preparing for cross-cultural ministry, relief, or development work. The book is also relevant to students of ethics, philosophy, and theology. Numerous real-life examples illustrate the inevitable tensions that occur when cultures and narratives collide.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
The Media of Ethical Inquiry
15
From Narrative to Metanarrative
39
From Functionalism to Redemption
67
From Gnosticism to Biblical Holism
93
From Power to Truth
113
Transformation through Subordination
133
From Participation to Leadership
151
From Exploitation to Empowerment
167
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185
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201
Dimensions
217
Learning
239
Selected Bibliography
249
Index
261
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Bruce Bradshaw is the Director of Transformational Development Research and Training for World Vision International. He is the author of Bridging the Gap: Evangelicalism, Development, and Shalom

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