Identity and Violence: The illusion of Destiny - by Amartya Sen[Reading report] by Margaux Vinez


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2011. Margaux Vinez also studied at the Paris School of Economics, in the Master for Public Policies and Development. After having worked in China, Nepal and Morocco, she is currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she estimates, for the World Bank, the consequences of an agricultural policy upon a tropical forest. She should soon begin a Ph.D. thesis that will be about adaptation policies to climatic changes in developing countries

Amartya Sen, who is an Indian economist and philosopher, wrote this book from a series of conferences he gave at the Boston University. In Identity and Violence, Sen criticizes the advocates, as well as many of the opponents, of the theory of a clash of civilizations. He reminds us of the dangers and irrelevance of reducing one's own identity to a religious dimension, and refutes the validity of any reasoning based on the identification of distinct civilization blocks. Last but not least, he defends for everybody a right to cultural freedom.

Quote article  Margaux Vinez, « Identity and Violence: The illusion of Destiny - by Amartya Sen », 02 december 2012, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

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