The books style is a bit grating though.
Ultimately, Sen might have done better to focus on the danger of a "bellicose" identity rather than the (supposed) danger of a singular identity.
It must be said that if Samuel Huntington did not write his "Clash of Civilizations", then this book would not have written or published.
Confusing. It was ok, but a heck of a lot to digest. It isn't light reading.Published 3 months ago by Kathleen
Amartya Sen, the only Indian economist to win a Nobel Prize for economics, has written a splendid book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rajeet Guha
By far my favorite non-fiction, Sen really dissects the tendency not only toward societal movements that inflict violence but also by individuals based on the constructs of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lauren
I ordered this text for my a class for my masters degree and it was an interesting read even as a textbook. I not only learned something, but was entertained in the process. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Daryl A. Daniels
This book is interested in the question of human identity, its inherent multiplicity, and the choices that we make in regard to aligning ourselves with certain identities over... Read morePublished 9 months ago by A Certain Bibliophile
Mr Sen strongly defends the view that the hegemony of single identity (religious, national, cultural, ...) is a dangerous fiction, and it is increasingly so in a globalised world. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr G.
The ironic undercurrent is that Sen repeatedly argues against the illusion of a singular (or dominant) identity, yet his argument may only work if the reader's primary identity is... Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Rev Eric
I never met a self-respecting intellectual who gave any serious consideration to Samuel Huntington's thesis of the Clash of Civilizations. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Etienne ROLLAND-PIEGUE