Quotes From the New Book:

"Crises abound and solutions remain scarce as we begin to
make our way through the 21st century."

"Many of us realize that we should be concerned and even
frightened by these predictions, but with a slight shrug of the
shoulders, most of us say to our selves, "What can I do?""

"Social justice has a long history of diverse use,
and certainly inspires controversy amongst scholars."

"This book challenges the popular perception that poverty reduction,
global warming, and securing the peace are to be primarily addressed
by political and economic change."

"Social, political, and economic divisions are intensifying worldwide,
and the limitations of simply using political threat or economic coercive
power are becoming all too apparent."

"Deep participation’s potential to assist groups maneuvering through
difficult times has positive and far-reaching implications."

"Our new 21st-century new social movements…require a more durable
and cogent solidarity."

What is Social Justice?

All human beings have a level of value to be honored through the recognition of their basic human rights and access to the benefits of their society. Social justice theory, however, has a long history of diverse use that inspires controversy among scholars and differing perspectives among cultures. As a result, in this book I use social justice as a term to define our mutual direction.  Read More…

Social Justice theory

What is Social Integrative Power?

No matter how many books on social justice are written, neither a mutually agreed definition of social justice, nor a mutually defined social justice theory can be achieved without a clear recognition of ‘social integrative power’. Defined as the power that emanates from the human capacity to connect with each other as a trusting social group, it is of critical but rarely recognized importance. Through this social connection, along with ongoing collective altruistic action, the group is able to create a sustaining social energy which enables social integrative power to emerge. In turn, this emergence of social power establishes that emotionally resonating, kinetic, critically examined, collective recognition of a reinvented institution’s significance and rightness. As a result, this legitimates the reimaged institution, and ensures its continuing existence.

What is Deep Participation?

Deep participation is a term I have adopted to signify a new research-and-practice category of participatory dynamics. In contrast to the ordinary social participation normally used in all types of reform and community organizing efforts, deep participation operates only in the context of instability and rapid social change. If existing social organizations are used to access this deep participation dynamic, the capacity to reinvent societal institutions which are out-of-sync with today’s tangible realities is offered. As a result—using new community organizing techniques based on this deep participation dynamic—a critical and necessary social legitimacy can be created for the reinvention and reimaging of these out-of-sync social, economic, and political institutions.

How Can We Create, Apply, and Practice Social Justice?

Social justice theory and participatory social theory are intricately intertwined. In some instances which require reform only, ordinary social participation and community organizing are sufficient. But in situations that have consistently demonstrated long and lasting social injustice, and to which there seem to be no real solutions, deep participation processes, as described in participatory social theory, are required. Some of the current world-wide problems that require this more profound creation and practice of social justice include poverty eradication, definition and practice of sustainable environments, and racial injustice. In other words, the simpler and better known ordinary social participation is not sufficient in this era of increasing instability and rapid social change.