Newer Ideals of Peace

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07In this her second book, Jane Addams moves beyond humanitarian interests sensibility and prudence, advancing a aggressive, positive notion of peace to be a dynamic social process emerging out from the poorer quarters of cosmopolitan cities. Her deep analysis of relations among diverse groups in U.S. society, exemplified by inter-ethnic and labor relations in Chicago, draws widely useful lessons for both domestic and global peace, in a early formulation of today’s “globalization from below.”

In an unprecedented, revolutionary critique in the pervasive militarization of society, Addams applies her scathing pen to traditional advocates and philosophers of “negative” peace, founders from the U.S. constitution, militarists, bigots, imperialists, and theories of “democratic peace” and liberal capitalism. Instead she sees a sluggish, powerful emergence of forces from below–the poor, the despised, workers, women, ethnic and racial communities, oppressed groups at home and abroad–that would invent moral substitutes for war and gradually shape a just, peaceful, and varied social order. An extensive, in-depth introduction by Berenice Carroll and Clinton Fink provides historical context, analysis, as well as a reassessment from the theoretical and practical significance of Newer Ideals of Peace today.

About the Author
Berenice A. Carroll, a professor of political science and women’s studies at Purdue University, is coeditor of Women’s Political and Social Thought and editor of Liberating Women’s History. Clinton F. Fink, visiting scholar in sociology at Purdue University, is coeditor of Peace Research in Transition and coauthor of Peace and War: A Guide to Bibliographies.

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