Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Peace as an end state of individual and international relations is widely accepted as desirable, yet peace remains elusive. Although it is easy to condemn wanton attacks upon the unwitting and the peaceable, whether that violence occurs at the individual, group, or world level, what is more challenging is the commitment to bring about an end to all violence, including the many harms of racism in all its guises. Such a discipline as a commitment to the eradication of violence is not a task for the faint of heart; it is a monumental challenge. This entry presents a device—the peace pledge—that has been employed toward the cultivation of peace in various different forms and discusses its current and potential use in the amelioration of harm resulting from all forms of social injustice, such as racism. Most people understand peace to be an absence of war or conflict. This usage often ...