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A comprehensive introduction to the rapidly growing research area of peace psychology. Both a topic in its own right and studied within courses on peace studies, conflict studies and subsidiaries of psychology, international relations and politics, peace psychology is a practically and theoretically important area. This textbook covers the whole research literature focusing on research since the end of the cold war but also incorporating aspects of earlier literature which retain contemporary relevance. The content includes an introductory chapter outlining the growth of the field and continues to cover interdisciplinary practice (international relations, education, feminist studies and ethics), primary psychological topics (development, social psychology, psychodynamics and cognition), core topics from peace studies (conflict resolution, crisis management, non-violence, peacemaking and peacebuilding, specific locations such as the middle East and sustainable development) and terrorism (threats and victims). This is a unique textbook that will appeal to students and practitioners alike.

• A comprehensive introduction to the main areas of peace psychology • Thorough referencing provides students with opportunities for further reading • Will be of widespread interest to students, practitioners and academics in peace studies and conflict resolutions courses which are incorporated in a wide variety of disciplines


Part I. Introduction: 1. Trends in peace psychology; Part II. Interdisciplinary Practice: 2. Government policy and international relations; 3. Education; 4. The feminist approach; 5. Philosophy, ethics and religion; Part III. Theory And Application Related to Primary Psychological Topics: 6. Developmental issues - children and adolescents; 7. Theory and practice related to primary psychological topics: attitudes, psychodynamics, cognition and images, and aggression; 8. Language and communication; Part IV. Core Topics In Peace And Environmental Studies: 9. Conflict resolution; 10. Emergency decisions, crisis management and the effects of conflicts; 11. Nonviolence and peace movements; 12. Peacemaking, wars and crises; 13. The Middle East, Russia and other specific areas; 14. Sustainable development; Part V. Terrorism: 15. Terrorist threats; 16. Victims of terrorism.


'Scholars and practitioners who are interested in the psychology of peace and social justice will find this volume invaluable as a reference work. The authors have used databases, along with key words and phrases, to capture the broad domain of peace psychology. The result of their inductive, data-driven approach is the most comprehensive reference work in the field.' Daniel J. Christie, Ohio State University

'A monumental book and a milestone in the field of peace psychology. This is an indispensable resource for scholars, policymakers and practitioners concerned about peace conflict and development at all levels.' Professor Tom Woodhouse, University of Bradford

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