Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright
Diversity matters. Whether it is in the context of talking about ecosystems, educational institutions, corporations, the media, or politics, diversity is now widely recognized as something positive and worthy of being both preserved and actively pursued. This has not always ...
1. Toward a New Paradigm of Difference
As it happens, we no longer have the relative luxury of indifference with respect to difference. Even a casual survey of news and entertainment media, on any given day, anywhere on the planet, leaves little doubt that present day scales and depths of globalization processes are serving as ...
2. Variety and Diversity
The historically evident trend of especially the last century has been toward both global integration and fragmentation, both homogenization and the multiplication and magnification of differences. If, indeed, differences are always occurrences or propensity-expressing processes of differentiation, this trend ...
3. Time Differences
In distinguishing between variety and diversity as two qualities and directions of differentiation, I have stressed the irreducibly temporal nature of difference. In terms introduced earlier, differences are only insofar as they mean. Every difference signals the presence of a situationally specific arc of ...
4. Writing Histories, Making Differences
It was famously announced by Winston Churchill that “history is written by the victors.” If so, we have every reason to believe that histories have been “rewritten” for as long as there have been conflicts resulting in broken winning streaks. And, as made clear, for example, by the new histories drafted ...
5. The Commodification of Difference
Mass media have played so profound a role in embedding modern and market values throughout the contemporary lifeworld that they merit direct critical attention. In addition to being a primary connective tissue between the public and private spheres, mass media have been instrumental in bringing ...
6. Ethics and Differentiation
The aporia of difference signals our arrival at a global climax of both modernity and marketization—our arrival at an historical vantage from which it appears necessary for the pursuit of equity to begin with imagining a world no longer organized around modern universalisms and the ...
7. Convergence on Variety
The current, predicament-rich complexion of contemporary global dynamics is a karmic function of an historically extended interplay among locally, nationally, regionally, and globally dominant patterns of values, intentions, and actions, including those involved in the practices of envisioning, building, and maintaining ...
8. Delinking Equity and Equality
Over the course of the last several chapters, I have tried oscillating between historical and philosophical optics to generate depth perspective on the emergence of difference as a crucial contemporary issue and concern. Historically, my aim has been to compose a convincing set of precedents ...
9. Diversity and Equity
Public goods are now generally understood to be goods, services, or institutional arrangements which are clearly beneficial both to individuals and to society as a whole, which are nonexcludable in terms of the distribution of their benefits, and which are nonrival in terms of their use or ...
10. Making a Difference
Contrary to postmodern orthodoxies, something like a metanarrative is required for us to critically engage and effectively transform the kinds of global processes that are currently serving as engines of inequality and inequity. The complex realities of contemporary globalization require ...
As I have described it, valorizing coordination points us in the direction of an aesthetically enriching politics of strength. Widely enough realized, this would enliven a political counterculture of concerted movement oblique to the tension between free variation and unification— movement ...
Bibliography of Works Cited
Page Count: 368
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 822018665
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