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Arguing for a Better World: How to talk about the issues that divide us

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As such this is one of those books that some may toss across the room one minute, then hug the next. One gets the distinct impression that her book will not go down well with those who seek to demonise migrants and those who talk of “citizens of nowhere”. I think those who don't have too much of a theoretical knowledge to begin with may find this difficult.

While power and material resources continue to be distributed as they are, there can be no such thing as 'reverse-oppression.Now imagine that instead of losing another hour of your life in a social media spat or knowing that the only way to make it through lunch was by biting your tongue, you could find a way to talk about injustice - and, just possibly, change someone's mind. But progressives, too, can be mealy-mouthed when it comes to articulating the concepts held dear to their cause; they are no less prone to fumbling the reasons that make their cause the right cause for everyone and the only cause for democracy. If steam is pouring from your ears right now, you probably aren't going to like her answer to the question, "Do All Lives Matter? Too often I have been sidetracked and taken aback with 'Whataboutery" and now I can name it and be better equipped to deal with it. In Arguing for a Better World, philosopher Arianne Shahvisi draws on examples from everyday life to show us how to work through a set of thorny moral questions, equipping us to not only identify our positions but to carefully defend them.

Drawing on Shahvisi's work as a philosopher, and using live controversies, well-known case studies, and personal anecdotes, this book reveals and analyses the power relations that shape our social world, and offers powerful ways to challenge them. Arianne Shahvisi gives voice to some of the questions that people feel afraid to voice or challenge such as ‘can you be racist towards a white person’. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). Clear writing and is helping me shape my often jumbled up feelings/thoughts regarding conversations around social justice and speaking points. Even though she was an adult, Jill’s parents and the show continued to expect more of the young couple.Political and generational divides often dictate how questions such as these are answered, and when asked most people give automatic answers that roughly align with the broader position they believe is right – though many flounder when asked to detail their reasoning. Yes we should consider equality in a global context, disappointed by the lack of commitment to either culture change, policy change, or the dismantling of structures.

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