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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.

Fifteen Theses on Development Theory and Practice
Fifteen theses on development theory and practice

A hotly contested field, this theoretical discipline called ‘development studies’, and policy area called ‘development practice’!1 The theoretical field is mined with intellectual bombs; the practical area, with anti-state terrorism and the torture instruments of state torture. Why? Because we are dealing with how to create strong and rich countries, how to create strong and rich elites, and how to create strong human beings, people – if not rich, at least with their basic needs met.

How simple it would be if these three goals were not only compatible but could be met with the same policy measures: if a modern airport, massive tax reduction for the elites, free health and education for the ...

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