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The sexual politics of meat

CAROL J. ADAMS

Wings, thighs and breasts: menu choices, or an individual who matters so little that her body parts can be consumed for someone else’s enjoyment?

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How storytelling can help to address police violence

RYAN STROUD
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Stories engage areas of the brain beyond those that simply process information, facilitating negotiation and creating coherence out of traumatic experiences.

Worlds Beyond: how young adult fiction can explore the lives of the marginalized

PETER KALU
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Even in science fiction and fantasy, we're used to hearing the stories of the rich and the white. This represents an enormous failure of imagination. 

The sexual politics of meat

CAROL J. ADAMS

Wings, thighs and breasts: menu choices, or an individual who matters so little that her body parts can be consumed for someone else’s enjoyment?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

How storytelling can help to address police violence

RYAN STROUD
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Stories engage areas of the brain beyond those that simply process information, facilitating negotiation and creating coherence out of traumatic experiences.

Worlds Beyond: how young adult fiction can explore the lives of the marginalized

PETER KALU
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Even in science fiction and fantasy, we're used to hearing the stories of the rich and the white. This represents an enormous failure of imagination. 



How storytelling can help to address police violence

Stories engage areas of the brain beyond those that simply process information, facilitating negotiation and creating coherence out of traumatic experiences.

Worlds Beyond: how young adult fiction can explore the lives of the marginalized

Even in science fiction and fantasy, we're used to hearing the stories of the rich and the white. This represents an enormous failure of imagination. 

The sexual politics of meat

Wings, thighs and breasts: menu choices, or an individual who matters so little that her body parts can be consumed for someone else’s enjoyment?

Disinterring the enslaved

Archaeology has incredible powers of detection, but it suffers from emotional sterility. When we unearth the bones of the enslaved, we must feel their humanity through the science.

Teaching values of collective prosperity

How the Zuni Tribe are strengthening communities through culture and sacred spaces.

In the fight for our genes, could we lose what makes us human?

There’s more to human beings than biology and physiology—and it shouldn’t be for sale.

Can a 'green growth' strategy solve climate change?

Ian Sinclair interviews Samuel Alexander about the limits of decoupling or 'green growth' in tackling climate change.

Love without monogamy

Expanding the meaning of marriage beyond heterosexual relations captures the spirit of the times but misses the pulse of the future.

Raise America inspires a new generation of organizing for low-wage workers

Labor unions are beginning to re-focus on continuous community organizing and agitation.

On the walls of Zollamtsstrasse refugee camp

The refugees who once lived in this Austrian shelter left plenty of traces, their voices echoing off the walls through dozens of messages and murals depicting hope, strength, love, and language class.

Does poverty cause crime?

Socio-economic determinism is inadequate as an explanation of criminality.

Why allies are welcome to criticise social movements

Being a member of an oppressed group is not a guarantee of wisdom or correctness.

Six books Muslim (and non-Muslim) women should add to their reading list

These books on faith and feminism will force you to reevaluate your stereotypes of Muslims. 

'Elmar the Elephant' in Arabic, and other experiences of integration in Berlin

Residents of a neighbourhood in Berlin engage with refugees through community arts and education initiatives, revealing personal stories of welcome and integration.

Is social justice fundraising an oxymoron?

Raising money is part of the struggle for social change, not something that rich people do on behalf of the poor.

What’s to be done with Oxfam?

Too small to influence economics, too bureaucratic to be social movements, banned from politics and removed from the societies they’re trying to change, where do NGOs go next?

The ugly and violent death of gender conformity

How long will it take for gender fluidity to be viewed as a healthy expression of human identity?

The experiences of British muslim women defy lazy stereotypes about Islam

Berenice Scandone interviews young British muslim women, who say that their faith provides them with a sense of confidence, belonging, and cultural understanding.

The political fury of Percy Bysshe Shelley

A lost work by a great poet has much to say about the state of politics today.

Buddhism and economic transformation

Economies have no essential nature. Once this is recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves.

Six creative ways to make your point at political party conventions

“Look, I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but to be honest neither is Donald Trump.”

Why politics needs more in-betweeners

Human psychology makes people suspicious of opposing perspectives, but seeing both sides of an argument is not a weakness. 

If the Left wants to win again, it must learn the art of storytelling

In post-truth Brexit Britain, politics has become a storytelling competition. The Left must respond with a vision of solidarity and liberation.

How can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us and not what’s worst?

Both inner and outer change are essential for political transformation.

We already know how to reduce police racism and violence

Recent research has shown what works. For starters, hire more female police officers

Lost in space? Silicon Valley and the future of democracy

When Elon Musk talks about governance on Mars, what’s really scary are the implications for democracy on Earth.

Reading Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ after the Dallas shooting

King shows us a way of addressing the vacuous nature of our politics, without submitting to the nihilism of sniper fire.

Does anyone know what’s real anymore?

Increasingly we are lost in a world of binary codes: zero or one, Republican or Democrat, black or white, female or male, good or bad.

Fierce contemplation: meet the nature-loving nuns who helped to stop a pipeline

As fewer women enter convents, what will become of their rich tradition of social and environmental engagement?

Can religion be a positive force for social change?

Faith is neither a poison pill nor a silver bullet, but understanding its significance is crucial. 

Reclaiming conversation

Are smart-phones eroding authentic communication? A Q&A with Sherry Turkle

Looking back: 12 of Transformation's greatest articles

I'm leaving after three years at openDemocracy. Here are some of my favourite, must-read articles from writers to watch out for.

Why shouldn’t the law ignore emotion?

If the justice system becomes an assembly line devoid of feelings, reconciliation and social justice will suffer.

Gathering and assembling: Judith Butler on the future of politics

A new book from one of the world’s leading philosophers brims with ideas about gender, collective action and insecurity.

How I became a refugee within a day

As a refugee, there is no place I can call home. I've had to accept a life in exile.

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