Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies by Charles Webel, Johan Galtung

By Charles Webel, Johan Galtung

This significant new Handbook provides a state-of-the-art and transdisciplinary evaluation of the most matters, debates, cutting-edge tools, and key thoughts in peace and clash reviews this day.

The fields of peace and clash stories have grown exponentially considering that being initiated by means of Professor Johan Galtung part a century in the past. they've got solid a transdisciplinary identification precise from protection reviews, political technological know-how, and diplomacy.

The quantity is split into 4 sections:

  • understanding and remodeling conflict
  • creating peace
  • supporting peace
  • peace around the disciplines.

Each part positive aspects new essays by way of distinctive overseas students and pros operating in peace experiences and clash answer and transformation. Drawing from quite a lot of theoretical, methodological, and political positions, the editors and members provide topical and enduring techniques to peace and clash experiences.

The Handbook of Peace and clash Studies can be crucial studying for college students of peace reviews, clash reports and clash solution. it is going to even be of curiosity and use to practitioners in clash answer and NGOs, in addition to coverage makers and diplomats.

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Nonviolence actually has two meanings. One is broader, more or less co-extensive with what here is called ‘peace by peaceful means’, including most steps and most therapies in the model. And one is more narrow, seeing nonviolence as a better way of doing legitimate jobs violence is supposed to do, such as defence against direct violence attacks, and offense against structural violence. Within the narrow interpretation there are first-, second- and third-party nonviolence, all taking the risk of police surveillance, imprisonment, maiming, killing.

Positive feedback makes bad things worse. Some negative feedback is badly needed. Time has come to identify the violence-peace system components in a violence prevention process, and then proceed to a violence cure process. But could not some violence, like some disease, and some crime (Durkheim’s thesis) be useful, strengthening the mechanisms to prevent them and undo the damage? Like an induced TBC once a week producing anti-bodies that may also prevent cancer of the prostate? Maybe. But by and large we feel safer with peace by peaceful means.

Like for health, the preparation is a complete university study, not a ‘programme’, a summer school or a workshop. There will be professionalization, with the danger of excessive institutionalization, of ‘school peace’, like ‘school medicine’, against people’s peace. Today the security approach is ‘school peace’, pitted against the approaches like the nine steps model. Like ‘school medicine’ much money is involved. Security business is good business. The TRANSCEND approach is inexpensive. We have highlighted seven of the nine steps: peace culture/structure, mediation, peacebuilding, nonviolence, conciliation, virtuous cycles.

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