Knowledge can create peaceful realities in addition to serving as an intellectual tool for peace-making. This is why pragmatist assessment of social science should avoid looking exclusively at the instrumental value of different paradigms. This book investigates the realities that positivism, anti-determinism, symbolic interactionism, social constructivism and critical theory create, and the tools they offer for a peace researcher and a peace practitioner. In essence, Paradigms of Peace looks at what social science can give to the humanity's search for peace and then offers an agenda for peace research.
Using constructivist pragmatist metatheory to guide the assessment of the merits of different social science approaches to peace, this book suggests completely new ways of looking at the theory of peace and war. Difficult theoretical and philosophical constructs are presented but always supplemented with real-life examples, making it practical and relevant to both a research and policy-making level.
Perfect for students and professionals of international relations, political science, peace and reconciliation studies, conflict and war studies and history.
Classical and Constructivist Pragmatism
Positivism: Social Engineering of Peace
Toward a Social Science of Peace
Interpretations as a Conflict Reality
Social Construction of Structures of Peace and Conflict
Critical Approaches and Peace
Intellectual Opportunities for the Creation of a Less Violent World
Conclusions and Missions for Pragmatist Peace Research
Readership: Students and professionals of International Relations, Political Science, Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Conflict and War Studies and Historians.
It approaches peace research from various social science research traditions, rather than just looking at the history of peace research from the perspective of one research tradition
It looks at peace research from the point of view of its practicality. Practicality is not, however, just limited to instrumental usability of a theory of peace, but it also refers to the practicality of the truth regimes different theories explicitly or implicitly create. The latter type of practicality is related to the fact that knowledge creates social realities and thus the practicality of knowledge should always be assessed also for the social realities it creates
The presentation of theoretical and at times difficult theoretical and philosophical constructs is always supplemented with illustrating examples, often from the peace processes the author himself has participated in