After empire : the art and ethos of enduring peace /
Sharon D. Welch.
Minneapolis : Fortress Press, 2004.
xviii, 237 p. ; 22 cm.
0800629868 (alk. paper)
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Minneapolis : Fortress Press, 2004.
0800629868 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Sharon D. Welch is Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-06-01:
With the recent actions by the US military in Afghanistan and Iraq, debate has intensified about the proper course of action for US foreign policy, given the status of the US as the world's only superpower. Traditionally, the debate has coalesced around those who maintain that the US should act to protect freedom and international order, and those who advocate a role for the US in shaping an international society of cooperating nations united against common enemies such as terrorism and human rights violations. Welch (Univ. of Missouri, Columbia), inspired by Native American spirituality, Buddhism, and African American Christianity, proposes a "vision of national power" that incorporates the values of different traditions and a critical examination of American history. In making her argument, Welch assumes that instances in US history, such as atrocities committed by the government against Native Americans, necessarily influence current US foreign policy toward a similar result. Welch does not convincingly demonstrate that the US has imperialistic designs, but assumes the reader believes that the US seeks to create an empire. As such, this volume should appeal to those who share this belief with Welch, but it will do little to convince those who do not. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. R. Watts University of South Carolina--Aiken
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At a time when many progressives in the United States feel trapped and powerless, the author argues that they have much to thank the country for, such as its democratic political system, the freedom of speech and expression and the right to practice religion.
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A creative meditation on politics, engagement, and spirituality, Welch's latest work connects the personal to the political and the ethical to the historical stream in which we all live.
Unpaid Annotation
A creative meditation on politics, engagement, and spirituality, Welch's latest work connects the personal to the political and the ethical to the historical stream in which we all live. At a time when many progressives feel disoriented and powerless, trapped in a narrative of unbridled assertion of U.S. power, Welch looks into the positive side of the American story, the struggles of peoples to act in concert for inclusive democracy, and hard-earned insights into civic and religious life. She finds the elements of a deep, vital, and hopeful spirituality there. Through chapters on virtuosity, ceremony, audacity, laughter, and risk, she recasts the shape and rationale of personal and political engagement with insights from Native American philosophy, social-contract theory, engaged Buddhism, and the new interreligious commitment to peace. For those who seek a way to affirm and embody a positive ethic in a time of conflict, war, and division, Welch offers this workbook for new human community.
Unpaid Annotation
- Creative social ethic for feminists, progressives, and religiously committed people- Open to insights from a wide range of traditions
Table of Contents
Preface : pax americana, pax humana
Memoryp. 1
Laughterp. 12
Virtuosityp. 33
Respectp. 72
Ceremonyp. 105
Audacityp. 132
Riskp. 159
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