Jan Arnow 1: Book: 'The Tie that Binds'

 

In part because I've been out of touch for so long, in part because I

thought this listing might be helpful for others in this group

(specifically the parts about which pieces I can share), and in part

because I just needed to write this all down and take a look at it myself,

here's a run-down on some of what's up in my wild, wacky, wonderful world

of violence-abatement work (in no particulary order):

 

Project or Program: Violence and Values: The Tie That Binds

 

Description: Book (genre: social criticism).

While some of our nation's most prestigious institutions --

Harvard, Yale, the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention, The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Medical Association to

name but a few -- have enjoyed great success in defining violence as a

public health threat, and while everyone from Hillary Clinton to Dan Quayle

has exhorted us to talk our children into exhibiting only the most positive

of values, no one has yet made the correlation between the negative values

that rule our lives that we actually display and how we create and support

violence by so doing.

Through an accessible and lucid combination of cultural history,

sociological analysis and social criticism, Violence and Values: The Tie

That Binds places the responsibility for our moral prime rate squarely on

the shoulders of all of us who create violence in both direct and indirect

acts of attack, rape, vandalism and terror through the moral values that

we, ourselves, enact through betrayal on a day-to-day basis.

Much more than a humble guide to the moral conundrum of our country

or a sensationalist rehash of the litany of examples of violence so evident

before us, Violence and Values: The Tie That Binds insists, with a focus

that is neither liberal nor conservative, that nobody can be an ethical

bystander. This book urges a shared sense of responsibility in stemming

our free-floating aggression and detachment from the community.

Taking a turn from the current popular books on values and morals

that exhort us to preach virtuous morality to our children, Violence and

Values: The Tie That Binds instead examines the negative values that we are

so practiced in displaying. Using examples drawn from all segments of our

society -- from managed care to corporal punishment, from government and

corporate doublespeak to environmental racism -- chapters on greed,

dishonesty, intolerance, impatience, revenge, disrespect, inequality and

wrath clearly make the connection between our current levels of violence

and the ways in which we live our lives. Each of these chapters includes a

profile of a person, corporation or institution that has recognized the

need to buck the trend and which, therefore, practices and asserts the

positive rather than the negative value.

To place the book's information in a context that allows the reader

to relate the material to his or her own life, an introductory chapter

explores both what we currently know about the biological, sociological and

psychological roots of aggression and violence, and the ways in which moral

character does, or does not, develop. The concluding chapter explores what

we can do on a personal level to make the necessary changes to better our

lives and, therefore, our world.

Violence and Values: The Tie That Binds concludes with an extensive

resource section to assist the reader in taking positive steps toward

effecting sociable change. Fully indexed, this volume makes an invaluable

contribution toward understanding how violence is a direct consequence of

our very human actions.

 

Costs: $0 but time, to date.

 

Status: Proposal and extended outline is finished and has been submitted

to, and rejected from, two publishers. Research 50% completed.

 

Current Challenges: Finding a publisher who will be willing to publish it.

 

Pieces I Can Share with WAVE: The proposal and extended outline by fax or

snail-mail (it's long); chapters as I get them written.

 

 

I've probably forgotten some really important parts, but that's enough for

now. Any and all feedback is appreciated!

 

My best to all of you --

 

Jan (jarnow@iglou.com)

 

--

Jan Arnow, Director; Institute for Intercultural Understanding

1207 Summit Ave. Louisville KY 40204 USA

Phone and fax: +1 502 454 0607 email: jarnow@iglou.com

 

"Though I am different from you, we were born involved in one another."

T'ao Chien

 

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