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In this ground-breaking volume, the social function of 'peace' is explored through the prism of cultural pluralism. Prominent scholars and thinkers from more than thirty different cultures reflect on the notion of peace, and the diversity of their perspectives highlights the different cultural perceptions surrounding the meaning and scope of peace.

What we understand as 'peace' is dependent on the context within which it is used. Some cultures have a multitude of notions that translate into English simply as peace, whereas an equivalent to peace in the European sense does not even exist in others.
This volume shows that the concept of world peace can only be realised as a plural of 'many peaces'; an understanding of peace cannot be reached without the explicit acceptance of the many different notions of peace. In these turbulent times, there is an urgent need to explore new ways of reflecting on and facilitating the promotion of peace. Although the dominant paradigm is still the dogmatic application of a universal notion of a single peace, this approach is shown to be increasingly ineffectual and inappropriate.

This paperback version, with new preface, reveals how adopting a multi-faceted approach to 'peace' could ultimately contribute to a more authentic understanding of peace across the world.

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About the Author:

Wolfgang Dietrich is UNESCO Chairholder and Program Director for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Josefina Echavarría Alvarez is Core Faculty member and E-Learning Project Coordinator at the MA Program and UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Gustavo Esteva is a grassroots activist, a public intellectual and an independent writer.

Daniela Ingruber is a war researcher, journalist and editor. Besides her position at UPEACE (Associate Professor in Media, Conflict and Peace Studies), she is a faculty member of the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Norbert Koppensteiner is an Austrian peace researcher and facilitator. He is the program coordinator of the MA Program in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation, and the research and publications coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

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"No other book of peace studies provides such a rich, in depth, and wonderfully interactive conversation about our many understandings and lived cultural etymologies around a single word [...] An extraordinary balance and contribution to a field overly dominated by narrow academic definitions, a must for our classes and bookshelves." - John Paul Lederach, Kroc Institute University of Notre Dame, USA

"A festival of epistemologies, ideas, and philosophies, one will find much to stimulate their thinking in this book, not only about the diverse and multitude philosophies of peace but also about cultural diversity and interculturalism. It is an invaluable and indispensable contribution to peace studies and social sciences and philosophy in general." - Alberto G. Gomes, La Trobe University, Australia

"While firmly rooted in the scholarly field of peace and conflict research, this book takes our understanding of peace as a value, as a state of mind and as a process to another level [...] The Handbook is refreshingly readable and will intellectually and emotionally re-energise and inspire all who read it. An outstanding achievement." - Tom Woodhouse, University of Bradford, UK

"Dietrich and his team succeed in allowing readers, who compare diverse ways of making peaces, to elaborate their own reflections attentive to a reciprocal interpellation between different wisdoms, cultures and beliefs [...] The book does not 'prescribe' to readers how they should think about peace, but opens the possibility to elaborate in an elicitive manner, from the background of their own 'bank of social knowledge' the diverse ways to transform conflicts through peaceful means." - Vicent Martínez Guzmán, Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, Spain

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