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Unformatted text preview: What Clash of Civilizations Amartya Sen- Stereotyping cultures and societies is particular damaging as it depicts them as narrow and unrepresentative of the culture itself- Human being have many different identities, and we should not judge them exclusively by certain aspects such as religion, which can extremely harmful to race relations ( ex. Muslims known for many things other than a connection with Islam as individuals) - This single dimensional judgment is often the source of discrimination and violence- Sen takes issue with Samuel Huntingtons categorization and division of different civilizations; especially the emphasis on religious divide between civilizations- People of the world can be classified into many different categories other than religion- The problem is that by defining this clash of civilizations, it assumes that civilizations lack diversity within them, thus painting them black and white- This is an issue because it automatically presumes differences and facilitates confrontation...
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2010 for the course POLI 227 taught by Professor Narendrasubramanian during the Winter '08 term at McGill.
- Winter '08