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The Other Game: Lessons from How Life Is Played in Mexican Villages [Paperback]

By Philip Dahl-bredine (Author) & Stephen Hicken (Author)
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Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570757801  
EAN  9781570757808  


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What we in the United States can learn about democracy, economic wellbeing, the environment, and cultural and spiritual values from Mexican campesinos! The authors ask you to consider playing a new game, one in which everyone has a chance to win. They invite you into a community that can make the world bigger, richer, and more exciting for you, as their life among the Mixtec peoples has for them. You will visit villages that have existed for thousands of years, meet their inhabitants, and talk with them about life, economics, work, and family. You will see how their way of life presents concrete alternatives to our Western culture that we must take seriously in order to create a sustainable future for ourselves, our human race, and the other dwellers of the planet. Far from being a romantic throwback to a lost paradise, the indigenous society in this book-so close yet so far-offers us strong contemporary options at a turning point in our own history.

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The authors ask you to consider playing a new game, one in which everyone has a chance to win. They invite you into a community which can make the world bigger, richer, and more exciting for you, as their life among the Mixtec peoples has for them. You will visit villages that have existed for thousands of years, meet their inhabitants, and talk with them about life, economics, work, and family. You will see how their way of life presents concrete alternatives to our Western culture that we must take seriously in order to create a sustainable future for ourselves, our human race, and the other dwellers of the planet. Far from being a romantic throwback to a lost paradise, the indigenous society in this book -- so close yet so far-- offers us strong contemporary options at a turning point in our own history.

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More About Philip Dahl-bredine & Stephen Hicken

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Phil Dahl-Bredine lives with his wife Kathy in the village of San Isidro, Tilantongo in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca. They both have worked almost 7 years with indigenous villages as part of their work with the Maryknoll Lay Missioner Association. Phil has an M.A. in Philosophy from Northwestern University and has worked for decades with Catholic Worker communities in cities, farmed in Wisconsin, and worked more than 20 years with projects in the Chicano community of southern New Mexico.

Phillip Dahl-Bredine currently resides in San Isidro, Tilantongo in the.

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The Game of Life or Monopoly?  Jun 7, 2008
There's an implicit question raised by The Other Game, which is relevant to all of us. Which is the game we want to play? Dahl-Bredine and Hicken depict lives that are productive and rich in meaning, wisdom, and sharing. They demonstrate how the unwritten protocols of this Oaxacan village keep the society tending towards a more inclusive distribution of wealth. This is accomplished through festivals of generosity, self-funded and rotating leadership roles, and work projects in which everyone contributes to the community's well-being.

In an interlude at the center of the book, the authors detail the unwritten assumptions by which we operate. I found this a good common ground for discussion.

This book is particularly useful for those of us trying to figure out how we can be *individually* such good people and *collectively* doing such terrible things. We're focused on winning a game whose rules benefit the casino owners. It's time to walk outside and see how the other 80% lives. It will prepare us to walk back inside and change the game.
 
There is much to learn from other cultures.  May 5, 2008
There is much to learn from other cultures. We can look at them and then examine ourselves to see what's really important. "The Other Game: Lessons from How Life Is Played In Mexican Villages" is an historical survey focusing upon villages that have existed for thousands of years, and a look at their inhabitants and their way of life. Alternatives to our culture are presented to make a better future for ourselves, and while it is far from being a romantic view of the past and in the Mexican villages, it is simply meant to offer another option for life. Recommended for religion and social issue community library collection shelves, and those who seek to learn about how others live day to day.
 
Lessons from Mexican villages  Apr 13, 2008
Authors Dahl-Bredine and Hicken have given us a very clear description and analysis of the situation in the Mixteca Alta Region of Oaxaca, Mexico. They show in a detailed and documented fashion the damage done by agricultural policies and trade practices coming from the North. Then based on the life experiences and stories of the local people, they show us another way to live and produce food. Reaching back to the wisdom of the Mixtec ancestors they offer a vision of hope for the future.
 

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