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Peace by peaceful means peace and conflict, development and civilization /

Johan Galtung, one of the founders of modern peace studies, describes his reason for writing this book as a 'systematic effort to give a theoretical foundation for peace research, peace education, and peace action'. As such, it provides a stimulating and wide-ranging panorama of the ideas,... Full description

Main Author: Galtung, Johan
Format: EBook
Online Access: Access to Hebrew University users only
Language: English
System Number: 1806661
Published: Oslo : International Peace Research Institute ; London ; Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications, 1996.
Series: EBSCO ebook academic collection
Subjects: Peace > Research
International relations
Summary:
Johan Galtung, one of the founders of modern peace studies, describes his reason for writing this book as a 'systematic effort to give a theoretical foundation for peace research, peace education, and peace action'. As such, it provides a stimulating and wide-ranging panorama of the ideas, theories, and assumptions on which the study of peace is based. Two definitions of peace underlie this major work. The first definition of peace is dynamic: 'the state of affairs that makes the nonviolent and creative handling of conflict possible'. The second definition is static: 'an absence of direct, structural, and cultural violence'. This authoritative and original overview is essential reading for students of peace studies, international relations, sociology, psychology, economics and cultural studies, and for all those involved in conflict resolution and peace processes.

Summary/Content:
  • Introduction: Visions of Peace for the 21st Century
  • pt. I. Peace Theory. 1. Peace Studies: an Epistemological Basis. 2. Peace Studies: Some Basic Paradigms. 3. Woman : Man = Peace : Violence? 4. Democracy : Dictatorship = Peace : War? 5. The State System: Dissociative, Associative, Confederal, Federal, Unitary
  • or a Lost case?
  • pt. II. Conflict Theory. 1. Conflict Formations. 2. Conflict Life-Cycles. 3. Conflict Transformations. 4. Conflict Interventions. 5. Nonviolent Conflict Transformation
  • pt. III. Development Theory. 1. Fifteen Theses on Development Theory and Practice. 2. Six Economic Schools. 3. The Externalities. 4. Ten Theses on Eclectic Development Theory. 5. Development Theory: an Approach Across Spaces
  • pt. IV. Civilization Theory. 1. Cultural Violence. 2. Six Cosmologies: an Impressionistic Presentation. 3. Implications: Peace, War, Conflict, Development. 4. Specifications: Hitlerism, Stalinism, Reaganism.

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