Identity and Violence: the Illusion of Destiny

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In this brilliant short book, Amartya Sen argues that most of the conflicts in the contemporary world arise from individuals' notions of who they are, and which groups they belong to local, national, religious - which define themselves in opposition to others. Our identification with these groups determines, for example, which side we belong to in a war, and whether we are an object of hatred by others or a member of a privileged caste. If we are to overcome and resolve conflicts in our increasingly globalised world, we need to recognise that we all have multiple identities and that we share most of those identities with others than our differences make us distinct from them.

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Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1998-2004. His last book, The Argumentative Indian, was also published by Penguin. His books have been translated into thirty languages.

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Book Description Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2006. Hardbound. Book Condition: As New. New. Contents Prologue. Preface. 1. The violence of illusion. 2. Making sense of identity. 3. Civilizational confinement. 4. Religious affiliations and Muslim History. 5. West and anti west. 6. Culture and captivity. 7. Globalization and voice. 8. Multiculturalism and freedom. 9. Freedom to think. Notes. Names index. Subject index. The world may be more riven by murderous violence than ever before yet Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen argues in this sweeping philosophical work that the brutalities are driven as much by confusion as by inescapable hatred. It was at the age of eleven that Amartya Sen first encountered murder. The Hindu Muslim riots which suddenly erupted in the 1940s in India were led by instigators on both sides. Most of the victims both Hindus and Muslims in those riots were poor labourers of the same class. But nothing other than religious identity was allowed to count in the murderous world of singular classification. Sen argues in his new 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 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. When good relations among different human beings are identified in this way human beings are deeply miniaturized and deposited into little boxes. Here Sen overturns such stereotypes as the monolithic middle east or the Western Mind. Through his penetrating investigation of multiculturalism fundamentalism terrorism and globalization he brings out the need for a clear headed under standing 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. 215 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 59279

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