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Title: A Change across Cultures: A Narrative Approach to Social Transformation
Author: Bradshaw, Bruce
Publisher: Baker Academic; Publication Date: 2002
Paperback; ISBN: 9780801022890
Volumes: 1; Pages: 272
List Price in Paper: $28.00 Our price: $31.00
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C. S. Lewis compared the task of ethical inquiry to sailing a fleet of ships; the primary task is avoiding collisions. When introducing cultural change, such collisions are inevitable. Bruce Bradshaw provides expert instruction for navigating these cultural clashes.Bradshaw contents that lasting change comes only through the transformation of the stories by which we live. Aspects of God's redemption story can change how local cultures think and behave toward the environment, religions, government, gender identities, economics, science, and technology. However, effective change takes place only in a context of reconciliation, Christian community, and mutual learning.A must read for anyone engaged in or preparing for cross-cultural ministry, relief, or development work. The book is also relevant to students of ethics, philosophy, and theology. Numerous real-life examples illustrate the inevitable tensions that occur when cultures and narratives collide.