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Peace by Peaceful Means: Peace and Conflict, Development and Civilization (International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)) Hardcover – April 28, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0803975101 ISBN-10: 0803975104 Edition: First Edition first Printing

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Product Details

  • Series: International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; First Edition first Printing edition (April 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803975104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803975101
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,010,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Even a reviewer who has spent a lifetime in peace research finds much insight, inspiration and provocation in [this book]. It is a book to start the road with - and to return to by the end of the road' - Democratization

`Galtung's book is one of the best guides for getting to know the world we live in. It contains astonishing insights, not only about war and peace, but about one's own cultural roots and ideological predispositions. It is a courageous and highly ethical work, full of unpalatable truths but lit up by sparks of truth' - Media Development

`This is an important volume by one of the most important scholars of modern peace studies.... It is both an overview and an elaboration of his ideas regarding the conceptual and material implications of peace.... This is not an easy book to read in the sense that the prose is dense and the arguments are spread over the main text and within the detailed footnotes. However, it is worth reading carefully precisely because it is concerned with locating peace studies within a broader social and intellectual context than other parts of the discipline of international relations or political science. Galtung concludes his latest contribution with a plea for perseverance: peace is something that has to be worked at and, moreover, peace workers have to expect resistance from those inculcated within reactionary state structures' - International Affairs

About the Author

Johan Galtung, dr hc mult, is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Haiwaii, the University of Witten/Herdecke, the European Peace University and the University of Troms[o with a line through it]o. One of the founders of peace research, he established the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) in 1959 and the Journal of Peace Research in 1964. He has published over 50 books, including, Essays in Peace Research, Theories and Methods of Social Science Research, Human Rights in Another Key (1994) and Choose Peace (1995).

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Saugstad on July 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an exceptionally important book. Johan Galtung (b. 1930) graduated from The University of Oslo, and soon after started PRIO -the peace research insitute of Oslo, the first such research institution in the world. Since then he has been travelling the world, writing more than 50 books and 1000 articles, and doing groundbreaking work within peace research. He has also been professor at numerous of universities around the world.
In this book Galtung shows his talent for conceptual innovation and introduces the student of peace research to some basic aspects of this discipline. Galtung is conceptually creative and challenges the reader's perspecetive. He introduces such concepts as structural violence, cultural violence and the idea of studying "deep culture". He explores different economies, and political ideologies such as Reagenism. He outlines his approach: diagnosis- prognosis-therapy.
The book is empowering because it gives the reader many concepts and knowledge. A writer can, however, always be criticized, and Galtung is no exception. I do for instance miss some more references and empirical evidence in his treatment of Reagenism, and I think his outlines of different cosmologies in somewhat superficial. He critical to the American's manichean world view, where the Soviet Union was labeled as "evil" and the States as good. Occassionally however, Galtung seems to do something very similar, when he creates an enemy picture of USA.
Still, this book is written by a visionary and creative thinker. Peace by Peaceful Means integrates knowledge from different fields. Most of all, it can make you think! Read it, be inspired, think, and make up your own opinions!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Saugstad on July 6, 2001
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This is an exceptionally important book. Johan Galtung (b. 1930) graduated from The University of Oslo, and soon after started PRIO -the peace research insitute of Oslo, the first such research institution in the world. Since then he has been travelling the world, writing more than 50 books and 1000 articles, and doing groundbreaking work within peace research. He has also been professor at numerous of universities around the world.
In this book Galtung shows his talent for conceptual innovation and introduces the student of peace research to some basic aspects of this discipline. Galtung is conceptually creative and challenges the reader's perspecetive. He introduces such concepts as structural violence, cultural violence and the idea of studying "deep culture". He explores different economies, and political ideologies such as Reagenism. He outlines his approach: diagnosis- prognosis-therapy.
The book is empowering because it gives the reader many concepts and knowledge. A writer can, however, always be criticized, and Galtung is no exception. I do for instance miss some more references and empirical evidence in his treatment of Reagenism, and I think his outlines of different cosmologies in somewhat superficial. He critical to the American's manichean world view, where the Soviet Union was labeled as "evil" and the States as good. Occassionally however, Galtung seems to do something very similar, when he creates an enemy picture of USA.
Still, this book is written by a visionary and creative thinker. Peace by Peaceful Means integrates knowledge from different fields. Most of all, it can make you think! The book can inspire students and academics who want to work for justice and peace, and it can also inspire "lay people". Read it, be inspired, think, and make up your own opinions!
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
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It's the main theoretical play of the first athor in peace theory. If you are a new reader surely need begin with "Theoretical researches" (same author) to get the basic concepts: 'Direct' and 'structural' violence. In this play it is developed a third and definitive 'cultural' violence for a complete theoretical frame (suitable for making a work on this matter). All is clearly explanated.
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