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01.Living on the Edge: The Mythical, Spiritual, and Philosophical Roots of Social Marginality
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Authors: Joseph Goodbread ( Process Work Institute, Portland Oregon) 
Book Description:
Living on the Edge starts by seeking to answer the question, "Why do the people who fight our wars and clean up our natural and self-made disasters wind up on the margins of society? Based on the author's work with a group of Chernobyl liquidators- members of the army of more than 750,000 who decontaminated and sealed the site of the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster- the book explores the processes that lead those who start off as heroes to be ultimately despised and rejected by the very society they rescued. A key to this mystery is found in the ancient Chinese creation myth of Pan Ku, in which the universe is created from the fragmentation of the body of an immmense primal being, while human beings are created from the vermin on its body- the very essence of a marginal existence. The journey leads us through an exploration of experiential philosophy, mythology, linguistics, and psychology to the very roots of reality itself. Living on the Edge then applies this model of social marginalization to understanding the why and how the mentally ill are marginalized, shedding light on why, once we are at the margins, return to mainstream society is so difficult. The book concludes with some suggestions about how to make marginalization more of a process and less of a fixed state through the arts and mass media.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments pp.1-2

1. A Man of Chernobyl pp.3-6

2. A New Look at an Old Phenomenon pp.7-18

3. A Trip to the Edge of the World pp.19-22

4. Why Heroes are Marginalized pp.23-40

5. Psychology as the Study of Experience pp.41-48

6. Andrei: A Chernobyl Liquidatorís Story pp.49-56

7. The Structure and Dynamics of Experience pp.57-68

8. Unfolding Andreiís Story pp.69-78

9. What the Pan Ku Myth Tells Us About Chernobyl pp.79-84

10. Pan Ku and the Unity of the World pp.85-92

11. Experiential Philosophy and Taoist Not Doing pp.93-98

12. Tools for Unfolding Experience pp.99-114

13. How Andrei Became Marginal pp.115-130

14. Deconstructing the Myth of Pan Ku pp.131-152

15. Why People Were Formed From Pan Kuís Lice pp.153-166

16. A Once and Future Unity pp.167-170

17. The Social Dimensions of Marginality pp.171-188

18. Power and the Control of Reality pp.189-208

19. Moving Beyond Power Games pp.209-222

20. Why the Mad Are Marginalized pp.223-232

21. Two Cases of Madness pp.233-244

22. How Real is Madness? pp.245-254

23. The Creation of Madness pp.255-266

24. A Bridge Between Parallel Worlds pp.267-282

25. A Pilgrimage of Convergence pp.283-288

References pp.289-292

Index pp.293-310

      Health and Human Development (Joav Merrick - Series Editor - Medical Director, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel)
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009, 2nd quarter
   Pages: 7 x 10, 310pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-162-8
   Status: AV
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