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Human Dignity: Practices, Discourses, and Transformations
Essays on Dignity Studies in Honor of Evelin Lindner
Editors: Chipamong Chowdhury, Michael Britton, and Linda Hartling

Published March 2020
331 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-1-937570-92-7
18.95 USD, 17.44 EUR; free worldwide shipping

About the book

Dignity and humiliation are at the root of countless urgent issues today. This edited book provides a multifaceted discussion of dignity from diverse social, cultural, religious, legal, educational, psychological, and political perspectives. It is written as a special tribute to Dr. Evelin Lindner, a global scholar and researcher nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Using the study of dignity and humiliation as a common foundation, this book examines some of the most challenging topics of our time, including human rights, mass incarceration, immigration, education, prisoner rehabilitation, peace advocacy, therapeutic jurisprudence, social justice, the preservation of indigenous wisdom, environmental destruction, and effective community advocacy. All of the contributing authors were inspired by the remarkable efforts of Evelin Lindner, the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), a transdisciplinary global community dedicated to ending cycles of humiliation and cultivating dignity in all relationships.

Readers will learn that Evelin Lindner is the rarest of visionary leaders. She is a global social scientist, a Da Vinci of academic inquiry, transformative thought, and compassionate activism. Her path has led her beyond the tragedy of her family’s forced displacement during WWII to the highest levels of scholarship.

One of the best ways to appreciate Evelin Lindner’s commitment to humanity is by meeting those who are inspired and energized by her message. The authors in this book represent a growing fellowship of those who share Evelin Lindner’s commitment to encouraging the equal dignity of all people while restoring the health of our fragile planet.

Table of Contents

Chipamong Chowdhury

Linda M. Hartling

Chapter One
Michael Britton

Chapter Two
Growing Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies: Without Falling Prey to Neoliberal Norms
David C. Yamada

Chapter Three
Everyday Dignity: The Surprising Power of “Small” Acts
Claudia E. Cohen

Chapter Four
Reclaiming Common Bases of Human Dignity
Janet Gerson

Chapter Five
The Language of Respect and Dignity for Intercultural Understanding and Conflict Resolution: Application to Diplomacy and Education
Noriko Ishihara

Chapter Six
Dignity and Therapeutic Jurisprudence: How We Can Best End Shame and Humiliation
Michael L. Perlin

Chapter Seven
Humiliation, Social Justice, and Ethno-Mimesis
Maggie O’Neill

Chapter Eight
School Discipline: A Prosocial Perspective
Philip M. Brown

Chapter Nine
Mindfulness, the Reawakening of Black Dharma, and Mastering the Art of Policing
Tony Gaskew

Chapter Ten
Suspension Bridge Mental Health Network for Human Dignity
Michelle Jones

Chapter Eleven
Human Dignity and Human Rights Terms in Transition
Zaynab El Bernoussi

Chapter Twelve
On the Problem of Evil and Violations of Human Dignity: A Moral Approach to Transforming Humiliating and Degrading Treatment of Person
Kebadu Mekonnen Gebremariam

Chapter Thirteen
World Dignity University Initiative in the Amazon Rainforest: A Transformational Learning Experience
Mariana I. Vergara Esquivel

Chapter Fourteen
Full Circle: With Gratitude to Our Dearest Evelin Lindner
Judith Revesz

Chapter Fifteen
Moving Beyond Humiliation: A Relational Conceptualization of Human Rights
Linda M. Hartling

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On the book cover

Evelin Lindner 2017

Evelin G. Lindner is the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), a global transdisciplinary community of concerned academics and practitioners who wish to promote dignity and transcend humiliation around the world. She has received several distinguished awards and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

“With respect, admiration, and affection, we dedicate this volume of essays on dignity as our tribute and appreciation to our dearest Dr. Evelin Gerda Lindner for her dedication, devotion, and contribution to the study of dignity and humiliation.”
– Chipamong Chowdhury, Global Core Team, Board of Directors, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

“Evelin wants the more than seven billion of us on this planet to see each other differently, treat each other differently, and become happier together…She wants us to discover that we can feel at home with each other and at home sharing life together on this planet.”
– Michael Britton, Ed.D., Board of Directors, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

“This book is a celebration! It is an intellectual surprise party for Evelin Lindner…It is a tribute to — and an appreciation of — Evelin’s lifelong dedication to awakening and strengthening mutual understanding in the world.“
– Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Director, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

About the editors

Chipamong Chowdhury is a 2017-2018 Beyond the Bars Fellow at Columbia University's Center for Justice. He is a member of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) Global Core Team and co-coordinator of the HumanDHS World Gender Relations for Equal Dignity (WGenderRED) project. He is a Theravada Buddhist monk, independent researcher, interpreter, and mobile teacher of relational mindfulness. He is on the Board of Directors for the HumanDHS network. 
Michael Britton, Ed.D., is a psychologist and retired therapist who has done research on parental influences that help children grow up to do well in love; interview research with retired high level military on the complex issues of moral responsibility involved in the planning and command of the nuclear weapons build-up in the Cold War; and the ways in which traditional, modern, and post-modern architecture express changing cultural feelings for the era we live in, the era we're leaving behind, and the era we hope to be creating. He co-established the New York Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) group and he is on the Board of Directors for the HumanDHS network.
Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., is the Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) and is part of a global leadership team facilitating affiliated projects, including the World Dignity University initiative and Dignity Press. Dr. Hartling is the past Associate Director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), part of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Dr. Hartling is the author of the Humiliation Inventory, the first scale to assess the internal experience of humiliation. The scale has been translated into Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Norwegian and continues to be used for research around the world.