Beyond The Culture Of Contest - From Adversarialism To Mutualism In An Age Of Interdependence
by Michael Karlberg
Michael Karlberg put forward the thesis that our present ‘culture of contest’ is both socially unjust and ecologically unsustainable and that the surrounding ‘culture of protest’ is an inadequate response to the social and ecological problems it generates.
How can social change come about? Is it possible to have democratic government without political parties? Can we have a productive economy without unfettered and aggressive competition? How can social and ecological ills be addressed without resorting to a ‘culture of protest’?
Adversarialism has become the predominant strand in contemporary western-liberal societies.
Throughout the public sphere, competitive and conflictual practices have become institutionalised norms.
In his analysis of present-day society, Michael Karlberg puts forward the thesis that our present ‘culture of contest’ is both socially unjust and ecologically unsustainable and that the surrounding ‘culture of protest’ is an inadequate response to the social and ecological problems it generates.
The development of non-adversarial structures and practices is imperative.
Dr Karlberg considers various historical and contemporary expressions of mutualism, including expressions within feminism, systems theory, ecology and environmentalism, communication theory and alternative dispute resolution, and presents a case study of the Baha’i community and its experience as a working, non-adversarial model of social practice.
The prescriptions and practices of the Baha’i community provide a viable and workable alternative to the culture of contest.
Beyond the Culture of Contest is the latest book in the George Ronald Baha’i Studies series.
Michael Karlberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Washington University. His research and writing focus on the relationship between communication, culture and conflict. He also teaches in the area of ‘critical media literacy’, helping students understand the ways that we are influenced by, and can also influence, our mass-mediated cultural environments.
21.0 x 13.8 cm (8.25 x 5.5 in)
A Kindle version of this book is available through Amazon.com Link to Kindle version
A Chinese edition is available from New Millennium Publications Link to Chinese edition
To listen to Michael Karlberg’s TEDxInnsbruck talk sharing some of the ideas found in his book please follow this Link.