The Nuclear Cage: A Sociology of the Arms Race

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Prentice-Hall, 1988 - History - 335 pages
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Lester R. Kurtz is professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches comparative sociology of religion, peace and conflict, and both western and nonwestern social theory. He was previously director of Religious Studies at Texas and holds a Master's in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He is the editor of a 3-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (Academic/Elsevier), co-editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell's), and The Web of Violence (U. of Illinois Press). He is the author of numerous books and articles on religion and peace, including The Nuclear Cage (Prentice-Hall) and The Politics of Heresy (U. of California Press), which received the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Distinguished Book Award. He is currently working on books on Gandhi's Paradox and Gods and Bombs, as well as a documentary film, "Peaceful Warriors: The History of Nonviolence," with James Otis. Dr. Kurtz is the past chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association as well as the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Robin Williams Distinguished Career Award in 2005. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Delhi University in India, and Tunghai University in Taiwan.

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