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Beyond Culture of Contest

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From adversarialism to mutualism in an age of interdependence.

The author postulates that our present ‘culture of contest’ is both socially unjust and ecologically unsustainable, and that the surrounding ‘culture of protest’ is an inadequate response to the social and ecological problems it generates. The development of non-adversarial structures and practices is imperative.

How can social change come about? Is it possible to have democratic government without political parties? Can we have a productive economy without unfettered and aggressive competition? How can social and ecological ills be addressed without resorting to a culture of protest?

The author considers various historical and contemporary expressions of mutualism, including expressions within feminism, systems theory, ecology and environmentalism, communication theory and alternative dispute resolution, and presents a case study of the Bahá’í community and its experience as a working, non-adversarial model of social practice.

 

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Author: Michael Karlberg.

Format: Softcover book; 14 x 21 cm; 288 pages.

Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 2004.

About Michael Karlberg

Michael Karlberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Washington University. His research and writing focus on the relationship between communication, culture and conflict. He also teaches in the area of 'critical media literacy', helping students understand the ways that we are influenced by, and can also influence, our mass-mediated cultural environments.

Works by Michael Karlberg