Rebalancing the World: Why Women Belong and Men Compete and How to Restore the Ancient Equilibrium

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Harper Collins, Sep 23, 2003 - Social Science - 256 pages
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For all of our progress,the world stubbornly retains a male-dominated, competitive streak. Certainly the emphasis our culture places on enterprise has given us much, but what have we sacrificed along the way? Carol Lee Flinders argues that the more ancient values of Belonging (mutuality, cooperation, and generosity), traditionally associated with women, have been subsumed by those of Enterprise (individualism, competitiveness, and materialism), associated with men. In the lives of visionaries, artists, and mystics such as the Buddha, Baal Shem Tov, Teresa of Avila, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Muir, and Martin Luther King Jr., Flinders offers models for a new kind of balance. Rebalancing the World urges us to incorporate the values we are missing in our lives for the sense of wholeness we all seek.

 

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Contents

A Sturdy WebClosely Woven
7
The LifeWays
13
Religion
30
The Values
42
The Genesis of Agriculture
65
Wherein Women Are Enclosedand We
86
The Values of Enterprise
105
Cultures That Never Stop Clashing
123
The Culture of Belonging
146
The Quickening Spirit of Change
163
Reclaiming Balance and Wholeness
191
Endnotes
209
Acknowledgments
215
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Carol Lee Flinders, author of the highly acclaimed Enduring Grace and At the Root of This Longing and coauthor of the million-copy-bestselling Laurel's Kitchen, holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and is a well-known speaker and teacher who has taught writing and mystical literature courses at the University of California, Berkeley.

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