Building New Pathways to Peace

Edited by Noriko Kawamura, Yoichiro Murakami, and Shin Chib

  • Published: July 2015
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 320 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Contents

In the post-Cold War era, problems of war and peace have become complicated and ambiguous, involving such nonmilitary issues as the north-south dichotomy of power, resource depletion, and globalization of capitalism. To create a twenty-first-century intellectual and theoretical foundation for peace studies, Building New Pathways to Peace considers both the old concepts of tolerance, shalom, and wa, and the relatively new concepts of human security, decent peace, credibility, accountability, plurality, multiculturalism, and transnationalism. It also elucidates impediments to and necessary conditions for actualizing peace.
Noriko Kawamura is associate professor of history, Washington State University. Yoichiro Murakami and Shin Chiba teach at the International Christian University in Tokyo. Other contributors are Martha Cottam, Gregory Hooks, Takashi Kibe, Otwin Marenin, Anri Morimoto, T. V. Reed, Susan Ross, Raymond Sun, and Kano Yamamoto.

"This stimulating and valuable endeavor provides a richness of intellectual texture that is not often encountered in peace literature."
-Richard Falk, Princeton University

"A groundbreaking contribution to peace research."
-Julie Mertes, author of The United Nations and Human Rights

"A transdisciplinary approach that can serve as a guide for future peace research."
-Johan Galtung, author of Peace by Peaceful Means

Foreword by Johan Galtung

1. On Tolerance, Yoichiro Murakami
2. To Forgive is Human: A Theological Reflection on the Politics of Reconciliation, Anri Morimoto
3. On Perspectives of Peace: The Hebraic Idea of Shalom and Prince Shotoku's Idea of Wa Shin Chiba
4. Decency, Equality, and Peace: A Perspective on a Peaceful Multicultural Society, Takashi Kabe
5. Globalization, Culture and the Strategic Use of the Arts for Peacebuilding, T.V. Reed
6. Impediments to Human Security: Social Categories, Privilege, and Violence, Martha Cottam
7. The Lessons of Peacebuilding for Kyosei, Otwin Marenin
8. Media Discourses of Peace: An Imperfect but Important Tool of Peace, Security, and Kyosei, Susan Dente Ross
9. Establishing Credibility under Globalization: The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Peace, Security, and Kyosei, Kano Yamamoto
10. Can Grand Theories of the State Help Us Envision a Grand Theory of Peace?, Gregory Hooks

11. "Remembering Is Not an Innocent Act": Reflections on Postwar German War Memory and Peace Studies, Raymond C. Sun
12. To Transnationalize War Memory for Peace and Kyosei: Reconciliation of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima, Noriko Kawamura


"A welcome addition to the field of peace studies for its thoughtfulness, comprehensiveness, and dedication to build a more peaceful human society. I highly recommend it for the upper-level undergraduate and lower-level graduate courses on peace as well as on Japan studies."
-Mikyoung Kim, Pacific Affairs, June 2012

"This book shows readers current issues in the field, such as recent developments in peace research and peace study, grand theory, and how the three key concepts of peace, security, and kyosei (coexistence) are interrelated."
-International House of Japan Bulletin, Vol. 31(2) 2011