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Peace and Democratic Society (Hardback)

Peace and Democratic Society (Hardback) Amartya Sen (Editor)
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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 civilizations' 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.

No. of pages: 168
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
Executive Summary
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
References     
Bibliography
Appendix: Written submissions to the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding
Index
Amartya Sen is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is also a senior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, distinguished fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he also served as Master from 1998 until 2004. He won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998.