Transforming Power
From the Personal to the Political

Rebick, Judy
Publisher:  Penguin, Canada
Year Published:  2009
Pages:  256pp   Price:  $24.00   ISBN:  9780143169468
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX8513

Rebick champions new ways of achieving political goals by emphasizing co-operation and consensus over confrontation and partisanship.

Transforming Power: From the personal to the Political explains how our ideas of power are being changed by globalization and mass-communication, and how new ideas are being formed regarding social and political life. The book discusses the process of people coming together and making a difference whether that difference has to do with promoting feminism, embracing diversity, improving the economy, balancing political power or finding community alternatives. According to the author, "This book is about the ideas, people, and practices that may provide the paths to change we need -- not only to survive the changes ahead but to bring about the transformations that can lead to a better world". Issues discussed include the election of President Obama, the success of Wikipedia, and the rise of participatory democracy in Bolivia amongst others. Rebick uses specific examples to demonstrate how greater ideologies work and how individuals and communities can do their share.

The author is an activist, journalist, educator and writer and the founder of, a popular independent news and discussion website. She is also a former television host for CBC and a past-president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She holds the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University.

[Abstract by Nabeeha Chaudhary]

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Better World in the Making

1. People's Globalization
Ya Basta!
2. Participatory Democracy
Power to the People
3. Bolivia
Hoping This One will be Different
4. Ubuntu
We Are People Through Other People
5. Feminism
The Personal is Political
6. Embracing Diversity
The Ground of our Being
7. Convergence
Uplifting Environmentalism
8. Networked Politics
A New Grammar of Democracy
9. Leadership
The Political is Personal
10. Community Alternatives
Living the Change
11. Indigenous Ideas
Diversity of Dignity
12. Non-Violence
Neither Fight nor Flight
13. Is Another Economy Possible?
Green Jobs, Fair Trade, and Networks
14. And What About Political Power?
Is The Party Over?


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