Civil Society, Religion, and Catholic Sisters in a Small City
Author: Meg Wilkes Karraker
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Social Science
Diversity and the Common Good: Civil Society, Religion, and Catholic Sisters in a Small City examines the place of Catholic Sisters in shaping civil society in a small Midwestern city that has successfully confronted diversity. Pertinent in light of Sisters’ historical work in creating a ‘good society’ (as well as recent criticisms and potential sanctions from the Vatican), this book appeals to scholars, students, and others seeking to learn about a city that “works” in the twenty-first century.
Because of a management model emphasizing standardization and a one-size-fits-all approach, the previous good health of firms depended on economic performance and maximizing shareholder value. The enduring financial crisis and the ensuing leadership void have forced us all to reconsider the rules of the game and to take into account economic and social factors, in order to address the needs of an unpredictable world. In Uncertainty, Diversity and The Common Good, contributors from leading academic institutions around the World discuss different models of socially responsible global leadership. Their perspectives embrace philosophy; sociology; psychology; ecological and environmental economics; management; and entrepreneurship. Together they explore unpredictability and how being responsible for social as well as economic outcomes requires intelligences that enable managers to adapt and to develop a sustainable, lasting and consistent managerial approach. Working with local communities, integrating minorities, and redistributing wealth, they say, requires a new model of socially responsible leadership that brings together dimensions that are incompatible within existing paradigms. This book indicates what new paradigms might look like, with particular regard to the issue of diversity as an asset with which to confront uncertainty. Case studies tell of leaders working with diversity to create social change and new visions of leadership that are impacting social and cultural norms. This leads to discussion of the nature and diversity of leadership itself which will be helpful to academic researchers and higher level students, as well as policy makers and practitioners.
The contributing authors of this book provide current knowledge and practice models for community work in diverse settings. Diversity and Development in Community Practice is full of case examples, theory development, research, and field teaching models for practice across ethnic and racial groups. Faculty will find the book useful due to its scope of theory, practice, research, and examples of student and student/teacher advocacy projects. Chapters provide new information on working in ethnic communities, management styles, advocacy research, work in multicultural communities, and adapting current practice strategies to specific communities. While the chapters have different foci, all deal with connecting community development strategies to diverse communities. The main theme of the book, to identify the importance of community development and present state-of-the-art theory, research, and practice models, assists practitioners and professionals in a broad range of human service, as well as educators and students in their understanding of the usefulness of development in a community setting. All of the contributing authors affirm and support the historic principles that have guided the development of community social work practice. They propose theoretical models and describe current interventions that address needs related to contemporary social problems. Among the topics they cover are: community development--procedures and skills theory development for community projects community development and organizing in communities of color self-help as both strategy and outcome management styles classroom advocacy Together the chapters provide significant guidance for further work in theory construction and curriculum development and offer direction for effective practice and research. Community practitioners, faculty, and students will find in Diversity and Development in Community Practice effective methods and strategies for working with diverse populations in the world's changing economic and social times.
The ongoing environmental crisis has given rise to grave concerns everywhere, and a number of authors have approached this topic from various disciplines and points of view, proposing different strategies to address and correct the situation. A major problem, however, is presented by the role and possible efficiency of existing legal regimes, most of which do not consider seriously the ecological problems that are the basis of most of the global problems that beset us. In 2015, Italy hosted the 2015 Expo of Milano, an important fair that attempted to address some of these major issues, primarily the availability of safe food and water, and the legal regimes that govern their distribution. The conference that resulted in this volume took place at the University of Parma, an old university in a city roughly one hour away. This volume discusses a variety of environmental and ecological issues from the standpoint of existing legal instruments, with a primary focus on the necessity for ecologically-oriented governance, in order to mitigate and redress a situation that – at present – supports multiple human rights violations.
PROJECT AMERICA: Memoirs of Faith and Hope to Win the Future, is one of the most impactful and relevant literary works of our time. The author, Dr. Marshall E. Hatch, sheds light on the timeless maxim that "each generation must chart its own course." In looking back to Dr. King's global vision, he conscientiously looks forward to summon the probing question "Where do we go from here?" Project America offers a nostalgic yet visionary memoir that weaves together scenes from the author's personal journey with historical analysis and commentaries to address contemporary public policy issues. In his expansive, thoughtful, and powerful treatise, Dr. Hatch presents us with the challenge to move forward, beyond the sins of America's shameful history of slavery to a "symphony" for winning the future. In this literary treasure-trove, Hatch's four symphonic movements unfold as the pathway to fulfilling the American promise, including a massive investment in education, adapting to the changing complexion of world power, embracing environmental stewardship, and renewing our faith to reengage the social covenant with the American people. Through Project America, we reflect upon Chicago's and the nation's past. While learning from Hatch's insights, we are encouraged to draw from the wellsprings of our faiths and to act purposefully together to achieve "a brand new world." Project America is truly within our grasp; therefore, let us heed Dr. Hatch's clarion call to make a brighter future start happening now.
Robin Barrow has been one of the leading philosophers of education for more than forty years. This book is a critical but appreciative examination of his work by some of the leading philosophers of education at work today, with responses from Professor Barrow. It will focus on his work on curriculum, the analytic tradition in philosophy, education and schooling, and his use of Greek philosophy to enrich current debates in the subject. This work will be of interest to all those who have been influenced by his contributions to educational and philosophical debate.