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 Arnow, Director; Institute for Intercultural Understanding
1207 Summit Ave. Louisville KY 40204 USA
Phone and fax: +1 502 454 0607 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Though I am different from you, we were born involved in one another."
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