Constructing Spiritually Based Democracy at the Community Level: A Local to Global Paradigm

By Larry Hufford.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper will critique the narrow Western definition of democracy as simply political. Alternatively, the author will present the idea that grassroots participatory democracy can be promoted globally through the religion and culture of a people. The inter-faith approach to holistic democracy would be placed within a context of the theory of cosmopolitanism to emphasize the theology of respect and hospitality. This approach is also presented as conflict prevention and peace education.

Keywords: Inter-faith, Cosmopolitanism

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.51-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 823.771KB).

Dr. Larry Hufford

Professor of International Relations, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, USA

BS in Education Ohio State University MAT in Government Miami University Ohio MSW Our Lady of the Lake University PhD Political Science London School of Economics & Political Science, England Three books co-edited by Larry Hufford are: Educating for a Worldview: Focus on Globalizing Curriculum and Instruction, University Press of America, 2007, Larry Hufford and Teresita Pedrajas Educating for Balance: Science Technology and the Human Spirit, published by the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 1999, with a UNESCO grant. Larry Hufford and Chawalert Lertchalolarn Bridging Two Cultures: Multidisciplinary Readings in Bilingual Bicultural Education, National Education, Laboratory Publishers, Austin, 1980, Larry Hufford and Martha Cotera, editors. Larry Hufford has organized over twenty-five study seminars to countries in Latin America and Asia. He is a past president of the World Council for Curriculm and Instruction.

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