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Leonard A. Jason

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199841851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841851.001.0001

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The Root of the Issue

The Root of the Issue

(p.135) 6The Root of the Issue
Principles of Social Change

Leonard A. Jason

Oxford University Press

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

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