Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future

Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future

by Peter D. Hershock
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1438444583

ISBN-13: 2901438444580

Pub. Date: 07/02/2013

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Uses Buddhist philosophy to discuss diversity as a value, one that can contribute to equity in a globalizing world.

Diversity matters. Whether in the context of ecosystems, education, the workplace, or politics, diversity is now recognized as a fact and as something to be positively affirmed. But what is the value of diversity? What explains its increasing

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Uses Buddhist philosophy to discuss diversity as a value, one that can contribute to equity in a globalizing world.

Diversity matters. Whether in the context of ecosystems, education, the workplace, or politics, diversity is now recognized as a fact and as something to be positively affirmed. But what is the value of diversity? What explains its increasing significance? Valuing Diversity is a groundbreaking response to these questions and to the contemporary global dynamics that make them so salient.

Peter D. Hershock examines the changes of the last century to show how the successes of Western-style modernity and industrially-powered markets have, ironically, coupled progressive integration and interdependence with the proliferation of political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental differences. Global predicaments like climate change and persistent wealth inequalities compel recognition that we are in the midst of an era-defining shift from the primacy of the technical to that of the ethical. Yet, neither modern liberalism nor its postmodern critiques have offered the resources needed to address such challenges.

Making use of Buddhist and ecological insights, Valuing Diversity develops a qualitatively rich conception of diversity as an emerging value and global relational commons, forwarding an ethics of interdependence and responsive virtuosity that opens prospects for a paradigm shift in our pursuits of equity, freedom, and democratic justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901438444580
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Toward a New Paradigm of Difference 25

Chapter 2 Variety and Diversity: Two Qualities and Directions of Difference 47

Chapter 3 Time Differences: The Changing Nature of Change 65

Chapter 4 Writing Histories, Making Differences 97

Chapter 5 The Commodification of Difference: Media and the Emerging Attention Economy 121

Chapter 6 Ethics and Differentiation: Turning Away from the Same 155

Chapter 7 Convergence on Variety: Modern Irony, Postmodern Ideal 177

Chapter 8 Delinking Equity and Equality 203

Chapter 9 Diversity and Equity: Global Relational Commons and Global Public Good 225

Chapter 10 Making a Difference: Toward a New Structure of Feeling 241

Epilogue: The Next Step? 285

Notes 295

Bibliography of Works Cited 317

Index 327

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