This handbook addresses the daunting task of creating cultures of peace by presenting an accessible blueprint for this development. The book's perspectives are international and interdisciplinary, and its findings are both realistic and visionary.
Mediation and negotiation, personal transformation, non-violent struggle in the community and the world: these behaviors - and their underlying values - underpin the United Nations' definition of a culture of peace, and are crucial to the creation of such a culture. The Handbook on Building Cultures of Peace addresses this complex and daunting task by presenting an accessible blueprint for this development. Its perspectives are international and interdisciplinary, involving the developing as well as the developed world, with illustrations of states and citizens using peace-based values to create progress on the individual, community, national, and global levels. The result is both realistic and visionary, a prescription for a secure future.
Historical approaches to peace building.- Learning from extant cultures of peace.- Evolutionary theory: the constraints and possibilities of human nature.- The culture of war/culture of peace dialectic and its history at the United Nations.- Assessing cultures of peace and emotional climates in current nation states.- Violence in peace and war: cultural psychology of the unity of construction and destruction.- Challenges posed by political economies.- Transnationality, globalization, and cultures of peace.- Peace education.- Gender equality.- Social cohesion and tolerance.- Democracy.- Open communications.- Human rights.- International security.- Sustainable development.- Nonviolent struggle and peace building.- Sustainable community development and societies of peace.- Negotiation.- Dialogic techniques.- Community reconciliation and post-conflict reconstruction for peace.- Personal transformations and spiritual practices.- Using the arts to promote cultural understanding and peace building.- Controlling street crime.- Using cities to build cultures of peace.- Achieving peace within the family.- Building peace in a consumer society.- Dealing with deviance: Restorative justice and prison reform.- Establishing departments of peace.
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Joseph de Rivera is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Peace Studies Program at Clark University. He attended Bowdoin College, graduated from Yale, served in the Navy Medical Service Corps, and received his doctorate from Stanford University. His area of research focuses on the experience of nuclear weapons, peace fairs, and the emotional motivation of righteous behavior.
Views from the Social Sciences.- Learning from Extant Cultures of Peace.- Political Economy of Peace.- War in Peace: Cultural Regulation of the Construction-Destruction Dynamic.- Culture Change: A Practical Method with a Theoretical Basis.- The Paradigm Challenge of Political Science: Delegitimizing the Recourse to Violence.- Assessing the Peacefulness of Cultures.- Building the Eight Bases for a Culture of Peace.- Peace Education: Its Nature, Nurture and the Challenges It Faces.- Gender Equality and a Culture of Peace.- Social Cohesion and Tolerance for Group Differences.- Democratic Participation.- Open Communication.- Human Rights and Peacebuilding.- International Security.- Sustainable Development.- Tools for Building Cultures of Peace.- Nonviolent Action, Trust and Building a Culture of Peace.- Negotiation and the Shadow of Law.- Deliberate Dialogue.- Restorative Justice and Prison Reform.- Police Oversight.- Personal Transformations Needed for Cultures of Peace.- Achieving Peace in the Family.- Participatory Approaches to Community Change: Building Cooperation through Dialogue and Negotiation Using Participatory Rural Appraisal.- Community Reconciliation and Post-Conflict Reconstruction for Peace.- Reconciliation as a Foundation of Culture of Peace.- Using the Tools to Build the UN Bases.
Interdisciplinary and international analysis that includes economically developed and underdeveloped nations
Chapter authors discuss and formulate the ideas presented in the book to address how cultures of peace may be established and addressed
Sections and chapters were based on a systematic review of best practices from a multicultural perspective that may be applicable to personal, small group, community, national, and global cultures of peace