Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny

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Penguin Books India, 2007 - Political Science - 215 pages
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Sen argues in his new book that conflict and violence are sustained today, no less than the past, by the illusion of a unique identity. Indeed, the world is increasingly taken to be divided between religions (or 'cultures' or 'civilizations'), ignoring the relevance of other ways in which people see themselves through class, gender, profession, language, literature, science, music, morals or politics, and denying the real possibilities of reasoned choices. In Identity and Violencehe overturns such stereotypes as the 'the monolithic Middle East' or 'the Western Mind'. Through his penetrating investigation of such subjects as multiculturalism, fundamentalism, terrorism and globalization, he brings out the need for a clear-headed understanding of human freedom and a constructive public voice in Global civil society. The world, Sen shows, can be made to move towards peace as firmly as it has recently spiralled towards war.
 

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A fantastic book by Amartya. Sen....must read in this contemporary world .....!!!

Contents

CHAPTER The Violence of Illusion
1
CHAPTER Making Sense of Identity
18
CHAPTER Civilizational Confinement
40
CHAPTER Religious Affiliations
59
CHAPTER West and AntiWest
84
CHAPTER Culture and Captivity
103
CHAPTER Globalization and Voice
120
CHAPTER Multiculturalism and Freedom
149
CHAPTER Freedom to Think
170
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Names Index I 99
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