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 .....!!!


CHAPTER The Violence of Illusion
CHAPTER Making Sense of Identity
CHAPTER Civilizational Confinement
CHAPTER Religious Affiliations
CHAPTER West and AntiWest
CHAPTER Culture and Captivity
CHAPTER Globalization and Voice
CHAPTER Multiculturalism and Freedom
CHAPTER Freedom to Think
Names Index I 99

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Amartya Sen is one of the world's leading public intellectuals. He is Professor of Economics and Professor of Philosophy at Harvard. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1998 to 2004, and won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998. His many celebrated books include Development as Freedom (1999), The Argumentative Indian (2005) and The Idea of Justice (2010). They have been translated into more than 30 languages.

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