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Peace as Process: Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution in South Asia

Ranabir Samaddar (Editor) Helmut Reifeld (Editor)
Synopsis Peace as a political value is the fundamental strain of this book. As the book argues through its essays, peace studies originate not only from desire, concern and care, but also from a critical perspective that interrogates all received ideas and actions about conflict and war. Such a critical perspective stems from three principles. First, it is informed by an awareness of human rights and justice. Second, it concerns itself with effecting changes in perceptions. And third, it intends to enlarge our awareness of a social reality where strength is employed to maintain or enhance power at the expense of the weak. It is only contesting all values of authority by valorizing dialogue, that peace acquires its own value. Basing itself on essays of differential nature, method, perspective and strain, the volume attempts to convey the idea that peace studies cannot be monolithic, and that critical peace studies will have to eschew the absolute polarities of realism and ethics.
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About the author

Ranabir Samaddar

Ranabir Samaddar, Director of the Peace Studies Programme at the South Asian Forum for Human Rights, Kathmandu, was formerly Professor of South Asian Studies, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. He is the author of a three volume study of post-colonial nationalism in South Asia, Whose Asia is it Anyway: Nation and the Region in South Asia (1996), The Marginal Nation: Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal (1999) and A Biography of the Indian Nation, 1947-97 (2001), and of Memory, Identity, Power: Politics in the Jungle Mahals, 1890-1950 (1997), an account of the politics of community formation in the Jharkhand region.

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Bibliographic information

Title Peace as Process: Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution in South Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173043973
length 328p., 23cm.