Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities

Hardcover | September 1, 2015

byGeorge Rupp

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In many places around the world, relations between ethnic and religious groups that for long periods coexisted more or less amicably are now fraught with aggression and violence. This trend has profound international implications, threatening efforts to narrow the gap between rich and poor. Underscoring the need for sustained action, George Rupp urges the secular West to reckon with the continuing power of religious conviction and embrace the full extent of the world's diversity.

While individualism is a powerful force in Western cultures and a cornerstone of Western foreign policy, it elicits strong resistance in traditional communities. Drawing on decades of research and experience, Rupp pushes modern individualism beyond its foundational beliefs to recognize the place of communal practice in our world. Affirming the value of communities and the productive role religion plays in many lives, he advocates new solutions to such global challenges as conflicts in the developing world, income inequality, climate change, and mass migration.

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In many places around the world, relations between ethnic and religious groups that for long periods coexisted more or less amicably are now fraught with aggression and violence. This trend has profound international implications, threatening efforts to narrow the gap between rich and poor. Underscoring the need for sustained action, ...

George Rupp has served as dean of Harvard Divinity School and as president of Rice University, Columbia University, and the International Rescue Committee. As an activist and educator, he is committed to shaping fair institutions and building inclusive communities in both the developed and the developing worlds. His articles have appe...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231174284

ISBN - 13:9780231174282

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Passionate Conviction and Inclusive CommunityPart 1. Education as a Resource2. The Challenges of American Provincialism3. Religion and the Academy-A Lover's Quarrel4. Universities in the Search for Strategic Responses to Global Challenges5. What Is the Good Life?6. More Words for StudentsPart 2. Action for Inclusion7. Local Conflicts as a Global Challenge8. People on the Move9. Enhancing Local Capacity Globally10. Religious Communities as a Resource for Conflict Resolution11. Religion and Ecology12. Why Community?ConclusionIndex

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In this slim volume [Rupp] offers insights about the increasingly interconnected yet individualistic world, and concludes that greater inclusion can be pragmatic and does not require homogeneity, a principle that can be embraced by both the religious and secularists.