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Approaches to Peace: A Reader in Peace Studies Paperback – August 10, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195382860 ISBN-10: 0195382862 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195382862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195382860
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best 'reader' I have seen--excellent choice of authors and selections. Closely fits my own approach to the material."--F.R. Struckmeyer, West Chester University

"Promises to provide students with foundational news concerning the nature of political social violence and visions of peace."--Joanne Boynton, University of Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David P. Barash is a Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Psychology (Ph.D. Zoology, U.W. Madison, 1970). Prolific author in the areas of peace studies, violence, antinuclear activism, and evolutionary psychology, gender and fidelity studies. He is the author of 25 books and more than 200 journal articles, and has been instrumental in establishing Peace Studies as a legitimate academic discipline. Recent works include Natural Selections: Honest Liars, Selfish Altruists and Other Realities of Evolution (Bellevue Literary Press, 2007); Madame Bovary's Ovaries: A Darwinian Look at Literature (Delacorte, 2005); The Survival Game: How Game Theory Explains Cooperation and Competition (Holt/Times Books, 2003); with wife Judith Lipton, Gender Gap: The Biology of Male-Female Differences (Transnational Pub, 2002); The Myth of Monogamy (W.H. Freeman, 2001; Paper Holt/Times Books, 2002).

Customer Reviews

Regardless, I highly recommend this book.
Kerry Walters
We were supposed to order this for class, but I couldn't tell you if it was useful or not because we were not given any assignments to read from the book.
This would be a valuable guide and experience.
Andy H.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on March 25, 2004
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I've used David Barash's _Approaches to Peace_ several times in my college classes on peace and justice. This is unusual in itself, because I rarely use anthologies, preferring instead to go straight to the original sources themselves. I like Barash's approach, though, because it tries to be inclusive as possible.
The anthology begins by looking at the definitions and possible causes of war, moves on to analyses of how to prevent war (negative peace), then to considerations of how to create structures of justice that eliminate the necessary conditions for war (positive peace). The rest of the book is devoted to readings that discuss nonviolence, religious pacifism, and historical peace movements. All of these general categories are exactly what one would want in a "peace studies" text.
The problem is that the readings included in each category aren't always the best (or at least aren't the ones I would've selected). The single best two sets of readings are in the chapters on positive peace and nonviolence. The single worst (and I do mean *worst*!) set of readings are when Barash deals with religious pacifism (it's as if he feels uncomfortable in this arena). In the section on peace movements, Vaclav Havel's essay is the single best piece, but one wonders why it (and perhaps the entire chapter) doesn't serve as the prologue to the anthology.
Still, no anthology perfectly pleases everyone. Barash's is the best one out there I've discovered. Perhaps some changes will be made in a second edition. Regardless, I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Little Tank on January 17, 2010
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This updated edition of Barash's book is well worth the reasonable price (as textbooks go). I will be teaching a university course from it beginning next week (upper level undergrad political science) and am very pleased with the broad range of essays and other materials. I trust it will stimulate discussion. Barash pulls together materials from many disciplines, which makes this even more valuable - and from many eras. Using this reader in combination with another on war, this will provide some excellent background and foundation to students who are interested in approaching both of these issues intellectually. Barash has brought together materials both thoughtfully and provocatively - not an easy balance to achieve.

The essays are generally "just the right length", too - important when one wants to cover a certain amount of material in 15-16 weeks!

The book is fairly priced, and beautifully printed/produced; that counts for a lot at a time when some companies are putting out books on flimsy paper with poor cover stock - and charging $75 and up for them (recent experience with one of those -- NEVER AGAIN!)

I consider this book a "keeper"; it will remain on my shelf as an excellent survey of a great deal of the most important literature on Peace and the various approaches from which it can be viewed and studied.
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By C on January 2, 2013
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Semi interesting, better than anticipated. Required textbook for class. Best textbook purchased for this class. Wouldn't have read it on my own.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy H. on November 14, 2012
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Approaches to Peace consist some of the best historical peace lectures and examples set by worldwide prominent peace leaders, writers, and activists who have had shown considerable love and compassion toward the equality of human being. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in peace studies. This would be a valuable guide and experience.
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More About the Author

David P. Barash is an evolutionary biologist (Ph.D. zoology, Univ. of Wisconsin), a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and the author of 30 books, dealing with various aspects of evolution, animal and human behavior, and peace studies. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received numerous awards. He is most proud, however, of his very personal collaboration with Judith Eve Lipton, his three children, one grandchild, and having been named by an infamous rightwing nut as one of the "101 most dangerous professors" in the United States. His dangerousness may or may not be apparent from his writing!

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