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Values for Peace: Ethnographic Lessons From the Semaiof Malaysia and the Mardu of Australia
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Åbo Akademi University .
Åbo Akademi University and University of Arizona .
2010 (English)In: Journal of Beliefs and Values, ISSN 1361-7672, E-ISSN 1469-9362, Vol. 2, no 2, 124-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Schwartz’s model of basic human values conceptualizes self-enhancing and selftranscendenceas opposing value dimensions. Self-enhancing values include striving forpower and achievement; hence, they are individual-centric, whereas self-transcendencevalues include benevolence and universalism, which pertain to a concern for other peopleand society. As deeply rooted and socially shared conceptions of what is good, valuesprovide a basis for the development of attitudes and motivate individuals to behave incertain ways. This article suggests that self-transcendence values run counter to violenceand warfare. Two anthropological case studies, one from Malaysia and the other fromAustralia, are presented to illustrate how self-transcendence values contribute to peace.Special attention is paid to egalitarianism, affiliation, nurturance, cooperation, sharing,and interdependence as self-transcendence values that are congruent with and supportiveof peace. The broader implications of how self-transcendence values enhance peacefulsocial interaction within and among social groups are considered.

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Springer Publishing Company, 2010. Vol. 2, no 2, 124-137 p.
Keyword [en]
values; peace systems; nonwarring societies; anthropology; war; human nature
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136730DOI: 10.1891/1942-0617.2.2.124OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-136730DiVA: diva2:1113355
Available from: 2017-06-21 Created: 2017-06-21 Last updated: 2017-06-21

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