Searching for Peace

Searching for Peace : The Road to TRANSCEND

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This is one of the first books to bridge the gap between peace and conflict studies, world order and globalisation. Revealing deep structures and deep cultures of violence and finding in them the reasons for increasing violence and peacekeeping failures, it presents the lessons that can be learned from the TRANSCEND approach, adopted as a UN training guide. A critical and piercing analysis of the shortcomings of conventional approaches to conflict resolution, realpolitik and worsening dynamics of global violence which, if not resolved, threaten even more catastrophic destruction in the future. The book maps the conditions and path to sustainable peace, and the challenge for peace by peaceful means.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • notes, index
  • 0745319289
  • 9780745319285
  • 1,397,918

About Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung founded the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo in 1959 and is the author of many essays and works on peace, including Searching for Peace (Pluto Press, 2000) and Transcend and Transform (Pluto Press, 2004). Currently Professor of Peace Studies at six universities, he is the holder of the Right Livelihood Award 1987 and the Norwegian Humanist Prize 1988.
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'Impressive and moving, and very saddening as well ... A particular pleasure to read something not only sensible but even hopeful on methods of moving towards some decent outcome under what appears to be almost hopeless situations' -- Noam Chomsky
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Table of contents

Preface - TRANSCEND: A Philosophy Of Peace - And One Way Of Enacting It

Introduction: A Bird's Eye View

I Conflict, War and Peace: A Bird's Eye View by Johan Galtung

II Peace: The Goal and the Way by Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen

Part 1 Towards a Theory and Practice of Peace by Peaceful Means

1.1 Peace-making as Realpolitik, Conflict Resolution and Oxymoron: the Record, the Challenge by Carl G. Jacobsen with Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen

1.2 Beyond Mediation: Towards More Holistic Approaches to Peacebuilding and Peace Actor Empowerment by Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen with Carl G. Jacobsen

1.3 September 11 2001: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Therapy by Johan Galtung

1.4 Our War Culture's Defining Parameters:

Their Essence; Their Ramifications (external;

domestic; `racism'; `borders'; `international law')

by Carl G. Jacobsen and Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen

1.5 The State/Nation Dialectic: Some Tentative Conclusions by Johan Galtung

1.6 Beyond Security: New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Actors by Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen, with Carl G. Jacobsen

1.7 Crafting Peace: On the Psychology of the TRANSCEND Approach by Johan Galtung and Finn Tschudi

Part 2 The TRANSCEND Experience: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Therapy

2.1 TRANSCEND: 40 Years, 40 Conflicts by Johan Galtung

2.2 45 Conflicts; 45 Perspectives by Johan Galtung


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