The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction / Edition 2

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Just as health providers study disease and its prevention, understanding the causes of violent behavior and how to prevent such behavior is a basic cornerstone for those who are working towards a healthy society. Another parallel: maintaining physical health involves positive practices; similarly, positive nonviolent approaches need to be psychologically understood and encouraged. The second edition of The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction demonstrates what can be learned through the lens of peace psychology, providing a solid foundation in the psychological theories needed for building and maintaining a peaceful society and peaceful individuals.

This second edition incorporates the tremendous amount of new research and subsequent events since 2003, including post-2003 violent and nonviolent revolutions, such as the ongoing war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the nonviolent overthrowing of dictators in Tunisia and Egypt. Author MacNair again outlines why application of psychological study to the soundness of decision-making for public policy—and to the policies themselves—is crucial knowledge, and how applying the study to private practices and even art can help build up a peaceful society.

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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: 1,013,230
  • 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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