Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future

ISBN : 9780190935726

Riane Eisler; Douglas P. Fry
360 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Nurturing Our Humanity offers a new perspective on our personal and social options in today's world, showing how we can build societies that support our great human capacities for consciousness, caring, and creativity. It brings together findings-largely overlooked-from the natural and social sciences debunking the popular idea that we are hard-wired for selfishness, war, rape, and greed. Its groundbreaking new approach reveals connections between disturbing trends like climate change denial and regressions to strongman rule. Moving past right vs. left, religious vs. secular, Eastern vs. Western, and other familiar categories that do not include our formative parent-child and gender relations, it looks at where societies fall on the partnership-domination scale. On one end is the domination system that ranks man over man, man over woman, race over race, and man over nature. On the other end is the more peaceful, egalitarian, gender-balanced, and sustainable partnership system. Nurturing Our Humanity explores how behaviors, values, and socio-economic institutions develop differently in these two environments, documents how this impacts nothing less than how our brains develop, examines cultures from this new perspective (including societies that for millennia oriented toward partnership), and proposes actions supporting the contemporary movement in this more life-sustaining and enhancing direction. It shows how through today's ever more fearful, frenzied, and greed-driven technologies of destruction and exploitation, the domination system may lead us to an evolutionary dead end. A more equitable and sustainable way of life is biologically possible and culturally attainable: we can change our course.


Chapter One: Our Story
Chapter Two: Evolution, Ideology, and Human Nature
Chapter Three: Love, the Brain, and Becoming Human
Chapter Four: The Biology of Experience
Chapter Five: The Benefits of Partnership and the Costs of Domination
Chapter Six: Two Alternative Social Possibilities
Chapter Seven: The Original Partnership Societies
Chapter Eight: Contracting or Expanding Consciousness
Chapter Nine: Touch, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Partnership and Domination Environments
Chapter Ten: Love, Violence, and Socialization in Partnership and Domination Environments
Chapter Eleven: The Real Culture Wars
Chapter Twelve: A New Beginning


Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon), is President of the Center for Partnership Studies, Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, internationally known as a systems scientist, cultural historian, pioneering attorney working for women's and children's human rights, and recipient of many awards. Her groundbreaking books include The Chalice and the Blade, Tomorrow's Children, and The Real Wealth of Nations. She lectures worldwide, keynoting conferences, addressing the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. State Department, corporations, and universities. Her website is https://rianeeisler.com/.
Douglas P. Fry, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is internationally renowned as a peace anthropologist. His previous books include Beyond War, Keeping the Peace, The Human Potential for Peace, Cultural Variation in Conflict Resolution, and War, Peace and Human Nature. His current project, with colleague Genevieve Souillac, entails an in depth exploration of human capacities for survival in the Anthropocene.