People and Society

Our goal is publish books that engage the public, empowering not disenfranchising, conceptualizing well-being and resiliency, not only for individuals, but for people in their neighborhoods and in the global community.

PEOPLE AND SOCIETY

At Garn Press we are determined to participate in the peaceful struggle for economic, racial and gender equality, and for the cessation of violence and armed conflict. We take seriously the democratic imperative to challenge the avarice and greed of large global corporations, and the misuse of power by Federal and State governments in the US and the re-establishment of feudalism in the UK.

Garn Press is interested in books that inhabit that uncomfortable space between people and policy makers. Our mission is making knowledge work for social action, and through the global publication of hardcover, paperback and eBooks, Garn Press supports peaceful social movements for human rights and social justice. In this time of grand challenges when our human fabric is being stretched and strained, Garn Press is convinced that actionable knowledge which begins with knowing is of critical importance.

Garn Press asks, for example, why so many books on people and society that are well-reasoned and supported by science are banned and their authors denigrated? Ironically, many of these books focus on the ways in which we educate our children and the irreparable damage that can be caused by the high stakes tests associated with the Common Core.  Garn Press is interested in the circumstances that allow such book banning to occur, and also in the consequences for the public because of their disenfranchisement by the authoritative manipulation of what is written and what is read.

Garn Press is particularly interested in cautionary tales about the obfuscation of information through textual maneuvers that are carefully orchestrated to cover up those slips of the pen that are made to maintain the privilege and power of a few — this especially includes books that uncover the nefarious practices of corporate reformers and the concerted effort that is underway to dismantle public schools and privatize them.

At Garn Press we take seriously, as Iris Murdoch writes, that “Words are the most subtle symbols which we possess and our human fabric depends upon them.” Garn Press also heeds Murdoch’s warning that “The living and radical nature of language is something which we forget at our peril.”

When language is manipulated, thought processes are disrupted. Often without knowing it, people are forced to change. Thinking is not the same, and when people think differently the society in which they live is changed.

Garn focus is on the ceaseless controversies across the social spectrum of issues that define the age in which we live, and publishes books on the what, how, and who of them, and of course the why of them.

Our goal is publish books that engage the public, empowering not disenfranchising, conceptualizing well-being and resiliency, not only for individuals, but for people in their neighborhoods and in the global community.

 

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