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Introduction

Clark B. Lombardi and James K. Wellman

in Religion and Human Security

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827732
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950553 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.003.0001
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This book grew out of a series of international workshops on religion and human security that were funded by the Luce Foundation and organized by the Comparative Religion Program based in the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies. At these workshops specialists in these fields met, settled on a working definition of “human security,” and produced case studies that explored the way in which a specific religion affected the human security of people in a particular part of the world. A selection of these studies has been collected in this volume. This introductory chapter begins with a section on the history of the human security movement and describes some of the competing definitions of human security. The section that follows that describes the definition of human security the participants in the workshop decided to use. The chapter then explores the term “religion” and proposes a definition is useful in studying the relationship between human security and religion. Finally, it summarizes the book's chapters, and considers some of the broader policy lessons we can draw from them.

Keywords: human security; international workshops; religion; policy lessons

Chapter.  7557 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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