John Brown Childs



Transcommunality: From the Politics of Conversion to the Ethics of Respect in the Context of Cultural Diversity — Learning from Native American Philosophies with a Focus on the Haudenosaunee

John Brown Childs uses the practices of the Iroquois Confederacy to describe the process of “transcommunality.” This is a way to maintain particularistic, rooted affiliations and to create broad constellations of inclusive cooperation that draw from multitudes of distinctly rooted perspectives. Transcommunality emphasizes an ethic of respect in which mutual recognition and acceptance of diverse, and even divergent, perspectives occur among partners. This ethics of respect can lead to transformation of interacting participants as they learn more about one another and thus alter their outlooks.

indians of North America — philosophy, Iroquois — transcommunality, philosophy — transcommunality, world politics — peacekeeping, world politics — transcommunality

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 25, No. 4 (1998): 143-169