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State Violence and the Right to Peace [4 volumes]: An International Survey of the Views of Ordinary People Hardcover – Oct 22 2009

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  • Hardcover: 1099 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (Oct. 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275996476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275996475
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 11 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 Kg

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The Speak and they Want Peace Feb. 27 2011
By Andrew P - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"State Violence and the Right to Peace," edited by Dr. Kathy Malley-Morrison, brings together the voices of everyday people all over the world using the Personal and Institutional Rights to Aggression and Peace Survey (PAIRTAPS). This book is unique in its ability to scientifically document the views of people from diverse governments in a broad and exhaustive way. If you have ever wondered how another nation views wars and violence this is an excellent book to take a look at. "State Violence and the Right to Peace" is meant as a handbook and the knowledge it presents is straightforward and extremely useful.

In the forward we learn that in the wake of World War II there have been 228 armed conflicts across the globe. To what extent is the use of violence and torture supported in the countries previously and currently involved in these conflicts? Also, to what extent do lay people from different countries except or reject their leader's arguments concerning the rights of their regime to perpetuate violence in order to achieve ends? These are the types of questions this book succeeds in answering. Over the course of 4 volumes we hear common voices from over 40 nations. "State Violence and the Right to Peace" is an attempt to bring the world one step closer to achieving peace, and it succeeds in doing so. This book understands one very important thing; if peace is to be achieved people must take the time to understand the diverse mindsets. This book demonstrates that it is misunderstanding that typically leads to violence and hatred and it works against this misunderstanding.

In volume 4 Dr. Malley-Morrison focuses on Asia and Australia. The countries discussed include: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Loas, China, South Korea, and Japan. Each chapter gives a concise background of how each nation achieved sovereignty and a portrait of the various conflicts that each country has been involved in over the past century. The result is an overall feeling of understanding about how each country understands war and peace. In the uniting chapter at the end of the volume the "security dilemma" phenomenon is discussed. The "security dilemma" posits that we live in a world where nations are encouraged to establish self-defense as a right. However, this can be a problem when other nations perceive each other's security motives as aggressive tactics. Thus, by promoting this right of self-defense we have in fact bred the opposite of the desired result; a world in which violence and threat naturally thrive and escalate to high levels. At the end of volume 4 there is a hopeful message. Ordinary people are optimistic; they see an end to the threat of rising tension and violence. If we are to achieve peace in this world we need to start by understanding the problem; only then can we work together to solve it. This book tells us that the people of the world have spoken and they want peace.

If you enjoyed this book and would like to find out more about Dr. Malley-Morrison's work visit her blog, "Engaging Peace," at [...]
An enlightening perspective into international affairs Feb. 26 2011
By Erin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
State Violence and the Right to Peace is unlike any other resource that I've found. The volumes describe the views of a vast array of the world's "ordinary" people who are given the opportunity to have their opinions heard. When international relations and world events are discussed they are presented in the voice of the powerful governments who control these processes. The voice of the ordinary people behind these institutions is never heard. I've always found myself wondering about the how these people actually feel. Think of how many Americans disproved of the Iraqi War, yet people abroad may be under the impression that the majority of US supported their government's actions. Because of this blanket assumption, the American population is often portrayed in a negative way; however this stereotype certainly does not describe us all. In turn, we often project our views of a country's government onto the nation's people; though we too have no real basis for this assumption.

Along with the voices of ordinary people, the historical and sociological issues of different global regions are often ignored when discussing international events. These books do a great job describing the different ecological factors in the regions that shape their society and views on issues of war and peace. The background information provided also alerts the reader to the many atrocities that have been committed throughout history. It demonstrates how senseless violence has been justified by states in the past and how it affects people currently. After reading the books it becomes very clear that it is not sufficient to solely look at a state's current government to understand the complexity of each region.

These books are especially relevant given the recent protests in the Middle East. These protests demonstrate that the public does not always approve of their government and of its actions. It shows what can happen when the ordinary are overlooked. The volumes address ordinary views on a number of topics that are pertinent in the situation in the Middle East such as: "do individuals have the right to stage protests against war and in favor of peace?" and "does the head of a government have the right to kill innocent civilians in order to fight international terrorism?" The books give qualitative answers to these questions, among others, from areas in the Middle East. In addition, responses from Western Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, Africa, Central America, South America, Eastern Europe, and Central Europe are also included, which can provide insight on how the uprisings in the Middle East will be perceived across the globe.