Beyond Political Correctness : Social Transformation in the United States
Why does the right dominate debates on crime, family values, and economic freedom? Why does the left defend such diversionary policies as affirmative action, while equivocating on questions of ecology and political empowerment for young people? The answer, Cummings believes, is that too many progressives have avoided politically sensitive issues, condemning themselves to intellectual atrophy and political ineffectiveness. Cummings clearly is not an advocate for the ""self-serving, hypocritical right."" But he contends that the left handicaps itself with political correctness, and that frank analysis of taboo topics requires us to move beyond the traditional dichotomy of left and right. With passion and rigor, he argues for a transformation of U.S. culture and institutions that will enable individuals to pursue their vital interests without impinging on the rights of others and undermining the public good.
- Paperback | 350 pages
- 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 566.99g
- 31 May 2001
- Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
- Boulder, CO, United States
Table of contents
Introduction: Political Correctness as Anti-Transformational. * PC, Opportunism, and Transformative Deficit on the Left. * Affirmative Action: Hanging Separately While the Gentry Feast. * Transformative Values: Synergy, Entropy, and Social Change. * Beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism: The Invisible Hand of Synergy. * The Missing Child in Transformational Politics. * Beyond Adultism: Political Empowerment for Young People. * Family Empowerment in Social Transformation: The Politics of Birthing, Nursing, and Parenting. * Missing Synergies in Ecology, Crime, and Political Economy. * Conclusion: Ideology as Friend and Foe of Transformation.
"Stated clearly and concisely - and not bound by the political correctness of radicals, liberals, or conservatives - this book shows how contemporary shibboleths impede constructive communication on issues, harden into fixed positions, and foreclose the possibility of sensible policies. The reader can learn from every page " - Peter G. Stiliman
About Michael S. Cummings
Michael Cummings is chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Colorado at Denver, and co-editor of The Transformation of U.S. Unions: Voices, Visions, and Strategies from the Grassroots.