This volume explores how we theorize, politicize, and practice peace and conflict discourses in the social sciences.
As concepts, peace and conflict are intricately interwoven into a web of complementary discourses where states and other actors are able to negotiate, deliberate and arbitrate their differences short of the overt and covert use of physical violence. The essays in this volume reflect this eclecticism: they reflect on concerns of contemporary conflicts in world politics; the dissection of the ideas of peace and power; the way peace studies join with global agencies; peace and conflict in connection to geopolitics and identity; the domestic basis of conflict in India and the South Asian theatre including class, social cleavages and gender. Further they also process elements like globalization, media, communication and films that help us engage with the popular tropes and discursive construction of the reality that play critical roles in how peace and violence are articulated and acted upon by the elites and the masses in societies.
This volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of political science, international relations theory, peace and conflict studies, public policy and area studies. It will also be a key resource for bureaucrats, policy makers, think tanks and practitioners working in the field of international relations.
Table of Contents
1. Peace and Conflict Studies: A Prolegomenon
2. Peace as Power, Power of Peace
Samir Kumar Das
3. Mediated Reality in Peace and Conflict: A Conceptual Navigation
4. Conflicts in Contemporary International Relations:
Management and Resolution
Arun Kumar Banerji
5. Globalization, Income Inequality and Conflict
6. Geopolitics, Conflicts and Peace
Anindya Jyoti Majumdar, Sohini Bose
7. Identity, Conflicts and Security
Shibashis Chatterjee, Sulagna Maitra
8. Armed Conflicts and Protection of Civilians
9. Towards Sustaining Peace: A Transformative UN Approach
10. Social Conflicts and Caste
11. The Maoist Movement: ‘India’s Gravest Internal Security Threat’
Partha Pratim Basu
12. Expanding WPS Agenda: Experiences from Nepal and North-East India
Anjoo Sharan Upadhyay
13. Bollywood on the No-Man’s Land: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Anindya Jyoti Majumdar is Professor at the Department of International Relations at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Shibashis Chatterjee is Professor at the Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.