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Social cohesion and conflict prevention in Asia : managing diversity through development, Volume 1
Author:Colletta, Nat. J.; Teck Ghee Lim; Anita Kelles-Viitanen [editors]; Country:Sri Lanka; East Asia and Pacific; Myanmar; Philippines; Malaysia; Indonesia;
Date Stored:2001/12/11Document Date:1999/06/30
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Education and Society; Social Conflict and Violence; Poverty Assessment; National Governance; Economic Development
ISBN:ISBN 0-8213-4874-4Language:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Social ProtectionRegion:East Asia and Pacific; South Asia
Report Number:23245Sub Sectors:Other Social Protection
Collection Title:Conflcit prevention and post-conflict reconstruction seriesVolume No:1

Summary: The regional consultation on social cohesion and conflict management gave experts and practitioners in key fields of economic, social, and political development an opportunity to exchange views on fault lines in societies, the root causes of violent conflict, and the lessons to be drawn from past policies and programs for managing diversity. The papers included in this volume, and the discussions at the consultation, identified a variety of traditional obstacles to social cohesion and integration in the region, ranging from xenophobic nationalism to deep-seated poverty, socioeconomic disparities, gender inequality, and ethnic, religious, and cultural discrimination and exclusion. Among the topics explored were the need for new early-warning indicators and development responses to problems of social cohesion and conflict prevention. Some participants took the view that rising ethnic and religious sentiments have not fundamentally challenged the trends toward improved governance and a market-oriented economic order and observed that globalization could be a positive force for balancing state excesses. They agreed, however that modernization and globalization have led to increased disparities between the rich and poor and the growing exclusion and marginalization of certain groups, making the prospects for peaceful development less predictable.

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