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Peace and Democratic Society

Amartya Sen (Editor)

Recent acts of terrorism and the pro-democracy 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 (war, genocide and terrorism) and violence against the individual. Highlighting the inadequates of some of the widely accepted explanations for violence-including the idea that the world is experiencing a clash of civilisation-Sen makes a plea for a global, multilateral debate on the causes of conflict, and an understanding of the multiple identities of the individual involved.

The introductory essay draws on the findings of the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Under-standing, which was established to promote mutual communication and understanding amon 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.

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About the author

Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1998-2004. His most recent books are Development as Freedom and Rationality and Freedom. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

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Title Peace and Democratic Society
Author Amartya Sen
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2012
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 978938205908
length 157p.,