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    DescriptionProfound and humane, Amartya Sen's "Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny" examines some of the most explosive problems of our time and shows how we can move towards peace as firmly as we have spiralled towards war. In this penetrating book, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen argues that we are becoming increasingly divided along lines of religion and culture, ignoring the many other ways in which people see themselves, from class and profession to morals and politics. When we are put into narrow categories the importance of human life becomes lost. Through his lucid exploration 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 hope of harmony in today's world lies in a clearer understanding of our sheer diversity. ""Identity and Violence" is a moving, powerful essay about the mischief of bad ideas". ("The Economist"). "Impassioned, eloquent and often moving, "Identity and Violence" is a sustained attack on the "solitarist" theory which says that human identities are formed by membership of a single social group". (John Gray, "Guardian"). "Rich in ideas...I would love to send it to Osama bin Laden and have his reply". ("Spectator"). "Sen's moving and most personal book yet". ("The Times Literary Supplement"). "Stimulating ...simple and persuasive". ("Financial Times"). "An accessible and exceptional humanitarian". (Jon Snow, "New Statesman", "Heroes of Our Time"). Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998. His other books published by Penguin include "The Argumentative Indian" and "The Idea of Justice".

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    Identity and Violence
    The Illusion of Destiny
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amartya K. Sen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780141027807
    ISBN 10: 0141027800

    BIC E4L: POL
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    Penguin Books Ltd
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    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 May 2008
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    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    'Identity and Violence is a moving, powerful essay about the mischief of bad ideas' Economist