Trapped by the brutal logic of anarchy, they are locked in a battle for survival that could go on for generations.
Instead, Sen invokes the myriad identities within each individual. Sen believes this solitarist fallacy shapes much communitarian and multicultural thinking, as well as Samuel Huntingdon's theory of "clashing civilisations".
There is nothing flamboyant and exaggerated.
Sen thus contests the so-called "solitarist" approach to human identity, which sees human beings as members of exactly one group. In effect, Sen's alternative to multiculturalism is a species of liberal nationalism.
Continue reading the main story "My first exposure to murder," the Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen writes in "Identity and Violence," "occurred when I was While "a Hutu laborer from Kigali may be pressured to see himself only as a Hutu and incited to kill Tutsis.
Sen notes astutely how Huntingdon's crude theory has been used in the "war on terror" to entrench the perception that Muslims are defined only by their religious identity, itself supposedly defined in "anti-western" terms.