Transcommunality: From The Politics Of Conversion

Transcommunality: From The Politics Of Conversion

By: John Brown Childs (author)Hardback

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In this original and collaborative creation, John Brown-Childs offers unique insights into some of the central problems facing communities, social movements, and people who desire social change: how does one build a movement that can account for race, class and gender, and yet still operate across all of these lines? How can communities sustain themselves in truly social ways? And perhaps most important, how can we take the importance of community into account without forgoing the important distinctions that we all ascribe to ourselves as individuals?Borrowing from the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois federation, Brown-Childs offers a way of thinking about communities as coalitions, ones that account for differences in the very act of coming together. Using the Iroquois as an example of transcommunality in action, he also offers specific outcomes that many people desire racial justice and peace are two examples as points of focus around which many disparate groups may organize, without ever subsuming questions of identity as an expense of organizing. In addition to Brown-Childs' own exegesis, twelve scholars and thinkers from all walks of life offer their own responses to his thinking, enriching the book as an illustration and example of transcommunality.In an age of fractured identities and a world that is moving toward a global community, "Transcommunality" offers a persuasive way of imagining the world where community and individual identity may not only coexist, but also depend upon the other to the benefit of both. John Brown Childs is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is author of two previous books, including "Leadership, Conflict, and Cooperation in Afro-American Social Thought" (Temple).

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John Brown Childs is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and isauthor of two previous books, including Leadership, Conflict, and Cooperation in Afro-American Social Thought (Temple).Contributors: With commentaries by Bettina Aptheker, Jeremy Brecher, John Brewer, Guillermo Delgado-P, Arif Dirlik, David Welchman Gegeo, Herman Gray, Sofia Quintero, Renate Holub, Andrea Smith, Stefano Varese, and Hayden White.


First Words1. Introduction2. Red Clay, Blue Hills: In Honor of My Ancestors3. Emplacements of Affiliation4. Learning from the Haudenosaunee5. Elements of Transcommunality6. Roots of CooperationAcknowledgmentsNotesReferencesCommentaries:A Quipu String of Commentaries: Some Reflections - John Brown ChildsTranscommunality: Beyond Tolerance, for Understanding - Guillermo Delgado-P.Places and Transcommunality: A Comment on John Brown Childs's Idea of the Transcommunal - Arif DirlikLanguage of Space: The Territorial Roots of the Indigenous Community in Relation to Transcommunality - Stefano VareseTranscommunality in a Global World - Renate HolubTranscommunality as a Foundation for Globalization from Below - Jeremy BrecherOn Transcommunality and Models of Community - Hayden WhitePragmatic Solidarity and Transcommunality - Andrea SmithInclusive Difference: Transcommunality and the Hope for a Just World - David Welchman GegeoTranscommunality: Politics, Culture, and Practice - Herman GrayOne Love: Transcommunality among the Hip Hop Generation - Sofia QuinteroTranscommunal Practice in Northern Ireland - John D. BrewerTranscommunality as Spiritual Practice - Bettina ApthekerAbout the ContributorsIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781592130047
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781592130047
  • ISBN10: 1592130046

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