GENUINE DIALOGUE and REAL PARTNERSHIP: Foundations of True Community

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Trafford Publishing, Mar 30, 2011 - Social Science - 172 pages
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Building Genuine Community emphasizes a notion of a community in which people are bound together by a common life situation and a common purpose without using that common purpose as an exclusionary factor that distinguishes between those who belong and those who do not belong to the community. Without being scholarly, technical, or obscure, Building Genuine Community lays the foundation for true community, which is “the seeking need of the age.” True community is difficult to define. What makes some communities thrive and others fail? True community is not an ideal or a specific goal. Rather, it is a twofold direction of movement—a movement within each particular structure of family, community, and society to discover the maximum possibilities of the confirmation of individuals as true others within that structure, as well as a movement from structure to structure toward more genuine community. Building Genuine Community proposes nothing less than to do away with the old and tired polarities of the individual versus society, individualism versus collectivism, competition versus cooperation, and free enterprise versus socialism. In place of all these ideals, this treatise confirms that otherness is the only meaningful direction of movement for friendship, marriage, family, community, and society within a democracy.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PART ONECREATING REAL PARTNEERSHIPSTHROUGH GENUINE DIALOGUE
7
CHAPTER 1Th e Life of Community NeedsGenuine Dialogue
9
CHAPTER 2Real Partnership RequiresAwareness of Oneself and Others
21
CHAPTER 3Obstacles Barriers Challenges toReal Partnership
32
PART TWO SUSTAINING REAL PARTNERSHIPTHROUGH ACTIVE CARING
43
CHAPTER 4Th e Caring Community and theCommune Movement
45
Th e Community of Affi nity versusthe Community of Otherness
49
CHAPTER 9Overcoming Bias
83
CHAPTER 10Women and the Confi rmation ofOtherness
95
PART THREE PERSONAL UNIQUENESSNONVIOLENCE AND RELIGIOUSPLURALISM
103
CHAPTER 11Maintaining Personal Uniquenessin Community Institutions
105
CHAPTER 12Genuine CommunityNonViolence and Th e Covenant ofPeace
124
CHAPTER 13Interreligious Dialogue andTouchstones of Reality
136
CHAPTER 14Conclusion Toward a Community ofCommunities
147
References
155

CHAPTER 6Th e Role Personal Direction Playsin Real Partnership
54
CHAPTER 7Th e Learning Community
64
CHAPTER 8Th e Healing Community
76
Endnotes
157
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Friedman is professor emeritus of religious studies, philosophy, and comparative literature at San Diego State University.

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