In this Book

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How do we deal with difference personally, interpersonally, nationally? Can we weave a cohesive social fabric in a religiously plural society without suppressing differences?

This collection of significant essays suggests that to truly honour differences in matters of faith and religion we must publicly exercise and celebrate them. The secular/sacred, public/private divisions long considered sacred in the West need to be dismantled if Canada (or any nation state) is to develop a genuine mosaic that embraces fundamental differences instead of a melting pot that marginalizes. An ethics of difference starts with a recognition of difference, not as deviance or deficit that threatens but as otherness to connect with, cherish, and celebrate.

The book begins with the suggestion that our inability to come to terms with social plurality is not fundamentally the fault of religious differences, and that a public/private split inadequately deals with matters of basic difference. It then explores how encouraging people to live out their respective faiths may open new possibilities for respectful, honourable, and just negotiations of contemporary dilemmas arising out of the multicultural fabric of Canadian life.

Towards an Ethics of Community introduces readers to some of the most challenging and divisive dilemmas we face in this increasingly pluralistic, postmodern world — issues such as family and domestic violence, Aboriginal rights, homosexuality and public policy, and female genital mutilation. This is a book truly global in scope and significance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Exclusions and Inclusions: Dilemmas of Difference
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I: Dilemmas of Difference
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1. Plotting the Margins: A Historical Episode in the Management of Social Plurality
  2. pp. 13-36
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  1. 2. Consequences of Liberalism: Ideological Domination in Rorty's Public/Private Split
  2. pp. 37-50
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  1. 3. Indoctrination and Assimilation in Plural Settings
  2. pp. 51-73
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  1. 4. "Woman" in the Plural: Negotiating Sameness and Difference in Feminist Theory
  2. pp. 74-90
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  1. 5. Religious Conflicts, Public Policy, and Moral Authority: Reflections on Christian Faith and Homosexual Rights in a Plural Society
  2. pp. 91-126
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  1. 6. Rethinking the Family: Belonging, Respecting, and Connecting
  2. pp. 127-150
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  1. Part II: Negotiations of Difference
  2. pp. 151-152
  1. 7. Female Genital Mutilation: An Examination of a Harmful Traditional Practice in a Canadian Context
  2. pp. 153-169
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  1. 8. Violent Asymmetry: The Shape of Power in the Current Debate over the Morality of Homosexuality
  2. pp. 170-185
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  1. 9. Native Self-government: Between the Spiritual Fire and the Political Fire
  2. pp. 186-199
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  1. 10. On Identity and Aesthetic Voice of the Culturally Displaced
  2. pp. 200-216
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 217-218
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 223-225
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780889206601
Related ISBN
9780889203396
MARC Record
OCLC
180704478
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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