Peace and War: Cross-cultural Perspectives (Paperback)
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Peace and War: Cross-cultural Perspectives (Paperback)

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Paperback 387 Pages / Published: 30/01/1986
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Is war necessary? In Peace and War prominent anthropologists and other social scientists explore the cultural and social factors leading to war. They analyze the covert causes of war from a cross-cultural perspective: ideologies that dispose people to war; underlying patterns of social relationships that help institutionalize war; and the cultural systems of military establishments. Overt causes of war-environmental factors like the control of scarce resources, advantageous territories, and technologies, or promoting the wel-fare of people "like" oneself-are also considered.

The authors examine anthropologists' role in policy formation-how their theories on the nature of culture and society help those who deal with global problems on a day-to-day basis. They argue that both covert and overt mechanisms are pushing the world closer to a devastating war and offer strategies to weaken the effects of these mechanisms. This anthropological and historical analysis of the causes of war is a valuable resource for those studying war and those trying to understand the place of social science in framing pacific options.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9780887386190
Number of pages: 387
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 20 mm

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