Peace and Power: Building Communities for the Future (5th ed.) by Peggy L. China, PhD, RN, FAAN; Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2001; 116 pages, $26.95; member discount 10 percent
This small book, a new edition of Peggy Chinn's classic work, offers the potential for building more meaningful relationships and transforming communities. It concisely describes the philosophy and essential elements of Dr. Chinn's approach to groups and is rich with conceptual and practical information for developing the group process.
Three major changes were made in this edition. The first is a shift from the concept of unity to the concept of solidarity. Dr. Chinn attributes this change to the work of bell hooks, who points out that the term unity diminishes the perspectives of those in the minority because of its implication that differences are erased. Solidarity better conveys the intentions of Peace and Power, where differences are valued, respected, and integrated into the greater whole.
The second major change is the elimination of the concept of consensus. Confusion about...