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Identity and Violence – The Illusion of Destiny (Issues of Our Time) Paperback – Abridged, 16 Feb 2007
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“Amartya Sen, one of the world’s great thinkers, tells us how to go about building a more peaceful world. I hope the book will be read by all.” — Ted Turner
“Amartya Sen brings to our generation a new and modern vision of how to obtain peace.” — George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics
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Amartya Sen has written many books, including Development as Freedom and The Argumentative Indian. He won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics. A professor at Harvard University, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Cambridge, England.
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Our newspapers/TV everyday are full of reportage about hate crimes/terror attacks and even referendums, elections in which candidates and political parties are asking specific groups (their identities defined by nationality, religion, language, ethnicity, etc.) to be vary and 'suspect' of the 'other'.
For eg. - If somebody is American and loves Japanese comics, Indian and Jazz music, Mexican food, European architecture, French films, Japanese electronics : Will we say that he/she is doing contradictory things? Or such tastes shouldn't be allowed! (How absurd does that sound!) Can't such a person be completely at peace with all his tastes and yet be also 'American' (Or from anywhere else!)). Where is the contradiction? Dr. Sen's reasoning shows how each one of us has multiple identities in the present day world and we are so much the better for it. Today, because of such identities we are richer (in every way) and inter-connected. Finally, I would just add ' this book will help you see your own perceptions more accurately and how you see others too! (And when they do the same to you ' you are very offended!). It's absolutely worth your time.
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