Peace and Democratic Society

by Amartya Sen

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Book Description

Recent acts of terrorism and the current unrest in the Middle East remind us how important it is to understand the relationship between violence, peace and democracy. In a challenging and insightful essay, Amartya Sen explores ideas around 'organised violence' (such as war, genocide and terrorism) and violence against the individual. Highlighting the inadequacies of some of the widely accepted explanations for violence - including the idea that the world is experiencing a 'clash of civilisations' - Sen makes a plea for a global, multilateral debate on the causes of conflict, and an understanding of the multiple identities of the individuals involved.

The introductory essay draws on the findings of the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding, which was chaired by Sen, and established to promote mutual communication and understanding among all faiths and communities in the Commonwealth. Its timely report, "Civil Paths to Peace", suggests that governments, media and educators - indeed, everyone - must take the time to understand the complexities around violent behaviour and its causes, without prejudging what these might be.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Peace and Democratic Society ebook for free in PDF format (1.2 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Why do Respect and Understanding Matter?
 
Chapter 2
The Nature and Nurture of Violence
 
Chapter 3
Poverty, Inequality and Humiliation
 
Chapter 4
History, Grievance and Conflict
 
Chapter 5
Political Participation
 
Chapter 6
The Role of Media and Communication
 
Chapter 7
Young People and Education
 
Chapter 8
Multilateralism and the International Order
 
Chapter 9
The Way Forward and Conclusions
 

Book Details

Publisher
Open Book Publishers
Published
2011
Pages
166
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781906924393
ISBN10
1906924392
ISBN13 Digital
9781906924416
ISBN10 Digital
1906924414
PDF Size
1.2 MB
License
CC BY-NC-ND

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