The book Justice in a Global Economy is a book about how Christians can contribute to the global economy in a justifiable manner. It is edited by three renowned authors Pamela Brubaker, Laura Stivers and Rebecca Todd Peters and published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2006. This is compose of essays which speaks about issues and trends in the global economy. The ethical way that Christians can partake in making a more just and equitable economy. It benefits not only individuals and their families but also the whole community and the rest of the world.
Economic globalization is obviously experience today. But then there are certain issues that makes it somehow complicated and hard to bear. The notion that the rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer. Most businesses only benefits the owners and on the other hand gives tougher effect for those at the lower social status. This book primarily talks about how social justice should also be used as a means of making global economy prosper. The lifestyle of those who have higher social status provides negative effect on those who are in the lower class.
The book wanted to imply that there are means and ways to help out those who are in need. Being a good Christian means that one can live justly and peacefully in their homes free of guilt. A good Christian is also committed in making the community and the whole world a fair place to live in. The subtitle of the book strategies for Home, Community and World is really reflected on the pages of the books. The book has sections that contains strategies that can be done in Household, in the Community and Public Policies.
The book is really useful because at the end of every chapter, it contains questions for discussion and helpful resources like books, articles and websites. Hopelessness has no room in this book. It suggests that everyone must act in order to solve every problem faced in the global economy. The book is edited in a way that it will benefit everyone specially in terms of health and education. Sustainability and communities binded by healthy relationships makes a better economic status. It is discussed in the book with further details.
The part of the book discussing Household Strategies began by stating how Community-Supported Agriculture or CSA is a great way to replace corporate plantations. It is better to eat foods in season rather than eat processed foods. Another chapter that suggest household strategies is the one that focuses on the social disease called Affluenza. This is in connection to the way people continuously consume goods that is not really necessary. The chapter suggest that it is better to buy the things which is really needed rather than buy and buy things that are least important.
On the Community Strategies part of the book, the topic is more of how can the society hold on to the corporations and factories in their area. So that there is no need for one business to be transferred to another vicinity. There are constructive negotiation tips given in the book and the case of Los Angeles City is given as an example. Businesses in every community should also be inline with excellent job quality standard to ensure profitability. There are also topics about the environment which suffers from factories that causes pollutions.
This is not a good way to run any business because in the end humans will suffer specially the health which is put greatly at risk. The success story of ReGenesis is given as an example since this company in South Carolina made partnership with the city administrations. Public Policies about the issues on migrants constitutes the chapter about Public Policy Strategies. Here, the issue on Borderlands which is located between Southern part of US and Northern part of Mexico is tackled.
The place has become a place of "the Third World grates against the first and bleeds” (Brubaker et. al. , 2006 p117). It is a region of hardship because of the population that continuously increases which is really harmful for the Global Economy. The strategy provided by editor Pamela Brubaker were based on her encounters with the World Bank and the World Council of Churches. She then made it clear that there are global economic policies made to settle issues of the US always getting resources and crops from Mexico and Africa.
The alternative solution suggest that there is a need to act individually and not always depend on others because it causes harm specially for African and American farmers. The book promotes many ways of how global economy can be improved. It suggest to eat food which is produced by native farmers and not to rely on exports crops. It also gives out the importance of community farming and how to provide quality wages for laborers. This book is more than juts a common economic book. It is spiritually inspired that promotes the importance of everyone in the race towards progress.