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Johan Galtung, one of the founders of modern peace studies, provides a wide-ranging panorama of the ideas, theories and assumptions on which the study of peace is based. The book is organized in four parts, each examining the one of the four major theoretical approaches to peace. The first part covers peace theory, exploring the epistemological assumptions of peace. In Part Two conflict theory is examined with an exploration of nonviolent and creative handling of conflict. Developmental theory is discussed in Part Three, exploring structural violence, particularly in the economic field, together with a consideration of the ways of overcoming that violence. The fourth part is devoted to civilization theory.

Nonviolent Conflict Transformation
Nonviolent conflict transformation
Conflict Theory, Conflict Transformation – and Gandhi1

Conflict theory might take as its point of departure on the one hand an incompatibility, and on the other the actors and their conflict formation. Sometimes it is possible to resolve an incompatibility without really touching the actors and their relations, even without really touching the conflict formation. Compromise does exactly this. The actors are still there, with their structure basically untouched. But the conflict is settled because both parties can now relax their conception of what is acceptable to them so that their modified goals become compatible. The opposite approach is in a sense an even better example: the borderline for the compatible is pushed outward, more and more, until it begins to ...

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