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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.

Peace Studies: Some Basic Paradigms
Peace Studies: Some basic paradigms
The Diagnosis-Prognosis-Therapy Triangle Again

This language is obviously drawn from medical science, an applied science that took some centuries to get from the Scylla of under-recognition to the Charybdis of over-recognition. Peace studies has much to learn from all three stages. The non-recognition took two basic forms easily captured in the analytical framework above: what is rejected – the disease – should actually be desired because there is a meaning behind it, God's plan, difficult to grasp but the suffering will ennoble you; and sheer dogmatism, ordaining blood-letting for a very wide range of diseases, proclaiming that it works without checking, or accepting the very low levels of success as the only level attainable. There was also ...

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