Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (Issues of Our Time)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 17, 2007 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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"Sen argues in this book that conflict and violence are sustained today, no less than in the past, by the illusion of a unique identity. Indeed, the world is increasingly taken to be a federation of religions (or of "cultures" or "civilizations"), ignoring the relevance of other ways in which people see themselves, involving class, gender, profession, language, literature, science, music, morals, or politics. Global attempts to stop such violence are also handicapped by the conceptual disarray generated by the presumption of singular and choiceless identity. When relations among different human beings are identified with a "clash of civilizations," or alternatively, with "amity among civilizations," human beings are miniaturized and deposited into littleboxes." "Through his investigation of such diverse subjects as multiculturalism, postcolonialism, fundamentalism, terrorism, and globalization, Sen brings out the need for a clearheaded understanding of human freedom and the effectiveness of constructivepublic voice in global civil society. The world, Sen shows, can be made to move toward peace as firmly as it has recently spiraled toward violence and war."--Jacket.
 

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Refreshing change from ubiquitous polarised debates but from a privileged position. Read full review

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Though a bit repetitive for my liking this publication provides several important discussions regarding "resisting the miniturization of human beings", some of which include: 1. the neglected role of ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER The Violence of Illusion
1
CHAPTER Making Sense of Identity
18
CHAPTER Civilizational Confinement
40
CHAPTER Religious Affiliations
59
CHAPTER West and Anti West
84
CHAPTER Culture and Captivity
103
CHAPTER Globalization and Voice
120
CHAPTER Multiculturalism and Freedom
149
CHAPTER Freedom to Think
170
Notes
187
Names Index 199
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Amartya Sen has written many books, including Development as Freedom and The Argumentative Indian. He won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics. A professor at Harvard University, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Cambridge, England.

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