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War and Genocide ... Restoring Humanity in Human Beings Faced with Extreme Situations

Published in November 2001

War and genocide are collective situations. They affect every society concerned by them, sometimes for several generations, for they leave behind material ruin, economic damage (economic regression into poverty and dependence, and development of mafia-type economies), cultural damage (destruction of the cultural heritage and of the education systems, exile or death of artists) and damage of the health of populations (physical mutilations and traumas, destruction of the health system and of living conditions). To end with, they leave behind confrontations with barbarity, weakened laws, the disappearance of the values underlying civilization, and the symbolic foundations of societies and individuals.

Three perspectives should be explored in this major field.

1. The issue of trauma, which should be healed in the same way as physical injury is by medical care

2. The symbolic dimension (forgiveness, collective memory, etc.)

3. Consideration of the extraordinary harm done to human beings by wars and genocides


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Topics Included

peace . values and perceptions . world

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Go ! Art and Cultural Identity in Building a United World
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Go ! Education for Active and Responsible Citizenship
Go ! Information society, knowledge society: benefiting from change
Go ! Interreligious Dialog
Go ! Proposals for Education in the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Proposals from the Social Monitoring of Science Forum
Go ! The Alliance and the Media
Go ! Thinking through University reform
Go ! Time and How It’s Used: Proposals for a Sustainable Development
Go ! War and Genocide ... Restoring Humanity in Human Beings Faced with Extreme Situations
Go ! Youth Action and Proposals for Social Change

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