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The Root of the Issue

Leonard A. Jason

in Principles of Social Change

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199841851
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315901 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841851.003.0006
The Root of the Issue

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Our country, through slavery and its disastrous policies toward Native Americans, carries a legacy of oppression and injustice that still has consequences today. For that reason, the final chapter takes a long view to try to determine how our values, beliefs, and social-change efforts and societal problems have evolved. This historical perspective allows us address these problems on a deeper level. When societal and community norms—such as culture, rituals, and customs—weaken, we lose our sense of cohesion and desire to participate in vital decisions. Therefore, our change efforts must recapture the sense of justice and concern for our neighbors that has been lost—leaving too many in today’s society feeling isolated and abandoned. Finally, we will review what effective interventions require promote responsibility, mission, and commitment to our community. By doing this, we can develop more sustainable, permanent, and effective ways of working with those in need, and ultimately create a better, more equitable world.

Keywords: Power Differentials; Myths; Social Change; Advocacy; Social Justice; Autobiography

Chapter.  12519 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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