The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction / Edition 2

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For individual health, healing professionals study first the causes and effects of diseases, then how to treat them. A similar quest for recovery—but a recovery of societal health—is the focal point for The Psychology of Peace. Accordingly, the first theme of the book is the causes and effects of violence. Next is the study of treatment, which in this case means causes and effects of behavior designed to counter violence. Further study of treatment is presented in problem-solving approaches to real-world situations: for example, understanding conflict resolution when both parties are willing, as well as nonviolent struggle when one side is not. This volume includes practical guidance for policy-makers, activists, researchers, and anyone who wants to better understand this major aspect of the human condition.

The only single-authored textbook in the field of peace psychology at its publish date, this volume lays out concepts in a uniform and lively style. Intended to support current thinking and stimulate further research, this volume gives an overview of the field. Points still in controversy are identified as such, and alternative views offered where appropriate.

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"MacNair writes with sufficient force and clarity to keep general readers, even young ones, engaged. . . . Her analysis will provide a valuable intellectual structure for further study of the roots and branches of war and peace at all levels, from the individual to worldwide." - Library Journal

Library Journal
Incorporating fresh research and examples from wars and other events since the release of the first edition in 2003 (but just missing out on the Occupy Wall Street movement), MacNair's (director, Inst. for Integrated Social Analysis; Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology and Other Tools) survey offers a psychological perspective on the causes and effects of violence and nonviolence. The work also provides insight into general principles of conflict resolution; the (MacNair claims) understudied field of "assertive nonviolence," or, as she puts it even more colorfully, "loving aggression"; and the wide range of activities under the purview of public policy, from terrorism to hate crimes and economic sanctions to abortions. The book closes with guidelines for promoting "Gentle Lives and Culture" and an overview of history-of-peace studies. VERDICT Despite basing her presentation at least as much on academic sources as on recent history, MacNair writes with sufficient force and clarity to keep general readers, even young ones, engaged: "To keep any horror going, it helps to think of it as numbers and abstract principles on a page." Furthermore, aside from the problem of a large bibliography shoveled into a single alphabetical list, the unusually broad scope of her analysis will provide a valuable intellectual structure for further study of the roots and branches of war and peace at all levels, from the individual to worldwide.—John Peters, formerly with NYPL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313397233
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,016,294
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

RACHEL M. MACNAIR is Director of the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, a research organization which specializes in the connections between various social issues and violence. She is the author of Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: The Psychological Consequences of Killing (Praeger, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii
Introduction ix
1 Psychological Causes of Violence 1
2 Psychological Effects of Violence 31
3 Psychological Causes of Nonviolence 57
4 Psychological Effects of Nonviolence 87
5 Conflict Resolution 109
6 Nonviolent Struggle and Social Movements 133
7 Public Policy Issues of Violence 161
8 Gentle Lives and Culture 191
A Short Chronology of Peace Psychology 213
References 219
Index 229
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