Research Project – Culture and Violent Political Action

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Authors
  1. Heng, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Calgary Univ, Calgary ALTA (CAN);Royal Military Coll of Canada, Kingston ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Understanding the relationship between norms, culture and power is a challenging task, given the prolific and complex nature of these terms. Norms inform the way we think, behave and react, and by their internalization (or rejection), we generate our culture, through a process of socialization. Culture informs our social psyche; our hopes, mores, aspirations, fears and dreams; these find expression in art, music, entertainment, literature, politics and more. Power is the ability to get others to do what we wish, through a variety of means. At the state level (hard power), these means include military and economic channels. But are there different forms of power (soft power) based on different means? Can culture provide a source from which a different kind of power can be developed? That a relationship between norms, culture and power exists is apparent; how this relationship works is the subject of this study.

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Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2011-043 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2011
Number of Pages
51
DSTKIM No
CA039570
CANDIS No
800497
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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