Democracy Works: Joining Theory and Action to Foster Global Change

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Torry D. Dickinson, Terrie A. Becerra, Summer B. C. Lewis
Paradigm, 2008 - Political Science - 268 pages
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Throughout the world, from the United States to Tanzania, Chechnya, and Sri Lanka, everyday people are working together and taking actions to improve their lives, end inequality, and change global society. Action groups and movements see dialogue and learning as important ways to extend democracy and, with its inclusiveness, remake society. Long-term change often takes place in civil society and its institutions. By putting strategy with theory, local groups and movements are able to begin making changes in institutions that allow people to begin living in new ways. Inclusive, multicultural projects make dedicated efforts to end hierarchy and global injustice and reinvent culture, ideas, and social relations.

Written for laypeople and students interested in change, these multidisciplinary essays take readers on a journey of discovery as they show how various groups have brought theory and action together to make urban, rural, and transnational change. These case studies and explanatory articles reveal how feminist, antiracist, ecological, and peace movements reinforce each other. This collection is an analytical organizing tool that demonstrates how people can initiate well-placed and enduring change. The writings also identify the inadequacies of academic change theories and highlight the contributions of intellectual activists across the world.

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Torry Dickinson is Professor of Women's Studies at Kansas State University and coauthor of Fast Forward: Work, Gender, and Protest in a Changing World, which was identified as a core reading in Women's Studies and Sociology by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Terrie A. Becerra studies the social implications of environmental and agricultural sustainability. Her work has focused primarily on the social implications of water resource/watershed management and agricultural management practices.

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