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.
Peace and Democratic Society
Edited by Amartya Sen | June 2011
155 | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
Open Reports Series, vol. 1 | ISSN: 2399-6668 (Print); 2399-6676 (Online)
ISBN Paperback: 9781906924393
ISBN Hardback: 978190692409
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781906924416
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781906924485
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781906924492
BIC subject codes: JPA (Political science and theory), JPV (Political control and freedoms)
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Part I. VIOLENCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY by Amartya Sen
Part II. CIVIL PATHS TO PEACE: Report of the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding
Members of the Commission
1. Why do Respect and Understanding Matter?
2. The Nature and Nurture of Violence
3. Poverty, Inequality and Humiliation
4. History, Grievance and Conflict
5. Political Participation
6. The Role of Media and Communication
7. Young People and Education
8. Multilateralism and the International Order
9. The Way Forward and Conclusions
Afterward: Original preface and letter of presentation to the Report
Appendix: Written submissions to the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding
© 2011 Amartya Sen
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• Pilot ‘youth dialogue and action forums’ in Commonwealth countries to facilitate discussions and actions on CPP issues in order to promote understanding, respect, tolerance and a culture of peaceful coexistence through dialogue and inclusive activities.
• A resource pack on CPP. The proposed resource pack will have teaching and training modules on the CPP related topics such as respect and understanding, multiple identities, tolerance, conflict, violence and dialogue etc. It will be developed on a learner-centred-methodology where students and trainees will use games, role plays, stories, and exercises to learn and practice the CPP concepts and values by actually engaging in these activities.
• Training programmes for Commonwealth journalists. A set of training programmes are proposed to be developed for the Commonwealth journalists and media personnel on CPP related topics such as ‘responsible reporting of conflicts’, ‘ skills for developing multiple narratives’, ‘promoting a culture of tolerance through media’, and ‘role of media in confidence building’ etc.
• A publication on CPP good practices in Commonwealth countries. The proposed book will showcase case studies where youth, women, education and media have played a positive role in preventing conflicts and promoting peace. This reference book will be used in CPP education and training programmes.
Further information about these projects will be available on this website soon.
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