This book is a case study of the development of peace psychology in Australia. While there is, in comparison to other countries, relatively little overt violence, Australia the nation was founded on the dispossession of Indigenous people, and their oppression continues today. Peace Psychology in Australia covers the most significant issues of peace and conflict in the country. It begins with a review of conflict resolution practices among Australia's ancient Indigenous cultures and succinctly captures topics of peace and conflict which the country has faced in the past 222 years since British settlement. The fast population growth, thriving multiculturalism, leadership in international affairs and environmental isolation make Australia a microcosm for the study of human conflicts and peace movements.
Part I. The Geohistorical Context of Peace Psychology in Australia.- Introduction.- Dreaming and peace: Indigenous culture, conflict, and peace.- Indigenous and "settler" relationsips, episodic, and structural violence.- Immigration, multiculturalism and the changing face of Australia.- National identity, Australian values, and outsiders.- A history of "psychologists for peace" in Australia.- Part II: Contemporary Issue. - Attitudes towards asylum seekers.- Partners in peace.- Enhancing relationships in school communities.- Constructing masculinity in Australia.- Measuring mediation effectiveness.- Hidden obstacles in reconciliation in Australia.- Progress to peace on both sides of the Tasman.- Australian peace psychologists at work.- Community-peace psychology. Part III: Future directions.- Indigenous psychologists working for change. Australia's relationship with the land.- Australia in the international setting.- A research agenda for the future.- Peace Psychology concepts for the future.
Addresses international relations and changes in the configuration of geopolitical power
Situates social relations and conflicts within Australian history to current issues in the country and to other nations
Contributors feature international pairing of seasoned scholars with early career peace psychologists, facilitating a dynamic dialogue in the field