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Solidarity Ethics

Transformation in a Globalized World

By Rebecca Todd Peters

Publication Year: 2014

Rebecca Todd Peters argues for an ethic of solidarity as a new model for how people of faith in the first world can live with integrity in the midst of global injustice and how we can shape our lives in ways that move us toward a more just future.Solidarity Ethics seeks to address concretely the economic and social structures that undergird the globalized context of the contemporary era and the problems brought to light within those ‘vanishing’ boundaries. Seeing religious communities as the primary source for moral and social education, Peters argues for a concrete ethics rooted in the Christian tradition of justice and transformation generative of deep patterns of solidarity and relationality. Utilizing these theologically rich resources, a substantive ethics of relational reflection, action, and construction is provided as an avenue for building viable strategies for social transformation.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers


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p. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-viii


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pp. ix-x

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Preface: Seeing with New Eyes

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pp. xi-xiv

At the age of twenty-four, I attended a young women’s leadership development conference in Jamaica sponsored by three international faith-based organizations: the World Council of Churches, the World Student Christian Federation, and the World YWCA. We were a small group of thirty women...


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pp. xv-xx

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Introduction: The Problem of Globalization

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pp. 1-16

Living as a first-world citizen in a globalizing world presents a great moral challenge. Many people are aware that the wealthiest 20 percent of the world’s population consume 76.6 percent of the world’s resources, while the world’s poorest 20 percent are left with 1.5 percent.1 However, fewer people are aware...

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Theories of Solidarity

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pp. 17-32

The term solidarity has been used in social, political, and religious discourse for over 200 years. However, very little attention has been given to defining and theorizing exactly what is meant by it.1 The idea of solidarity has had concrete influences in two arenas in contemporary social life—politics and religion. The...

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Foundations for Transformation

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pp. 33-48

As we can see by examining the intellectual history of the concept of solidarity, while it has been used consistently by a variety of theorists, theologians, activists, and political leaders, a certain lack of theoretical attention has led to a wide range of usages that trend from the general and ephemeral evocation of...

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A Theo-Ethics of Solidarity

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pp. 49-68

Over the last two hundred years, Christian ethics has offered two pathways for addressing problems of social injustice: prophetic and pragmatic. While the prophetic tradition traces its history back to the Hebrew prophets, it has more recently been associated with the Social Gospel Movement and liberation...

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Moving Toward Solidarity

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pp. 69-92

For people of privilege, one of the first steps in moving into an ethic of solidarity is to come to terms with their own privilege. The challenge of this task is that it requires people to acknowledge aspects of their identity and social location from which they benefit. This can be a difficult task in a culture where...

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Embodying Solidarity, Living into Justice

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pp. 93-110

Trying to figure out what solidarity with the two-thirds world looks like is a difficult topic for people who live in the first world. One reason for this is that they undoubtedly benefit from the current model of economic globalization that dominates our world. Most middle-class people own stocks, mutual funds,...

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Conclusion: Hope for Tomorrow

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pp. 111-120

When I teach environmental ethics, I often have my students do an exercise in which I tell them to imagine that it is the year 2075 and the environmental crisis has been resolved. I then tell them that they are a group of distinguished historians who have been brought together to outline a new textbook that will...


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pp. 121-132


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pp. 133-141

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781451469875
E-ISBN-10: 145146987x
Print-ISBN-13: 9781451465587
Print-ISBN-10: 1451465580

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2014