Gandhi, Deep Ecology, Peace Research and Buddhist Essay

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Journal of Peace Research Gandhi, Deep Ecology, Peace Research And Buddhist Economics Thomas Weber Journal of Peace Research 1999 36: 349 DOI: 10.1177/0022343399036003007 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: On behalf of: International Peace Research Institute, Oslo Additional services and information for Journal of Peace Research can be found at: Email Alerts: Subscriptions: Reprints: Permissions: Citations: Downloaded from by Sreekumar Nellickappilly on September 12, 2010 journal of peace R E S E A R C H © 1999 Journal of Peace Research vol. 36, no. 3, 1999, pp. 349–361 Sage Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi) [0022-3433 (199905) 36:3; 349–361; 007822] Gandhi, Deep Ecology, Peace Research and Buddhist Economics* THOMAS WEBER School of Sociology, Politics and Anthropology, La Trobe University The central importance of Gandhi to nonviolent activism is widely acknowledged. There are also other significant peace-related bodies of knowledge that have gained such popularity in the West in the relatively recent past that they have changed the directions of thought and have been important in encouraging social movements – yet they have not been analysed in terms of antecedents, especially Gandhian ones. The new environmentalism in the form of deep ecology, the discipline of peace research and what has become known as ‘Buddhist economics’ very closely mirror Gandhi’s philosophy. This article analyses the Mahatma’s contribution to the intellectual development of three leading

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