1st Edition

Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies

Edited By Charles Webel, Johan Galtung Copyright 2007
    432 Pages
    by Routledge

    424 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This major Handbook provides a cutting-edge and transdisciplinary overview of the main issues, debates, state-of-the-art methods, and key concepts in peace and conflict studies today.

    The fields of peace and conflict studies have grown exponentially since being initiated by Professor Johan Galtung half a century ago. They have forged a transdisciplinary and professional identity distinct from security studies, political science, and international relations.

    The volume is divided into four sections:

    • understanding and transforming conflict
    • creating peace
    • supporting peace
    • peace across the disciplines.

    Each section features new essays by distinguished international scholars and professionals working in peace studies and conflict resolution and transformation. Drawing from a wide range of theoretical, methodological, and political positions, the editors and contributors offer topical and enduring approaches to peace and conflict studies.

    The Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies will be essential reading for students of peace studies, conflict studies and conflict resolution. It will also be of interest and use to practitioners in conflict resolution and NGOs, as well as policy makers and diplomats.

    Introduction  1. Toward a Philosophy and Metapsychology of Peace Charles Webel  2. Peace by Peaceful Conflict Transformation: The Transcend Approach Johan Galtung  Part 1: Understanding and Transforming Conflict  3. Negotiation Fen Hampson, Chester Crocker and Pamela Aall  4. Mediation Sara Horowitz  5. Former Yugoslavia and Iraq: A Comparative Analysis of International Conflict Mismanagement Jan Oberg  6. Peace Studies and Peace Politics: Multicultural Common Security in North-South Conflict Situations Kinhide Mushakoji  7. Disarmament Marc Pilisuk  8. Nuclear Disarmament David Krieger  Part 2: Creating Peace  9. Peace and Conflict Counseling and Training: The Transcend Approach Gudrun Kramer, Wilfried Graf and Augustin Nicolescou  10. Nonviolence – More Than the Absence of Violence Joergen Johansen  11. Human Rights/Peace Processes Jim Ife  12. Reconciliation Joanna Santa Barbara  13. Peace as a Self-Regulating Process Dietrich Fischer  Part 3: Supporting Peace  14. Gender and Peace: Towards a Gender-Inclusive Holistic Perspective Tony Jenkins and Betty Reardon  15. Peace Business Jack Santa Barbara  16. Peace Journalism Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick  17. Peace Psychology: Theory and Practice Antonella Sapio and Adriano Zamperini  18. Rethinking Peace Education Alicia Cabezudo and Magnus Haavelsrud  Part 4: Peace Across the Disciplines  19. Peace Studies as a Transdisciplinary Project Chadwick Alger  20. The Spirit of War and the Spirit of Peace: Understanding the Role of Religion Graeme MacQueen  21. International Law: Amid Power, Order and Justice Richard Falk  22. The Language Game of Peace Anat Biletzki  23. Peace and the Arts Patrick McCarthy  24. Peace through Health? Neil Arya  Conclusion Johan Galtung and Charles Webel


    Charles Webel is currently Fulbright Senior Specialist in Peace and Conflict Studies and is a professor at the University of New York in Prague, where he directs the program in Peace and Conflict Studies. During 2005, he was Director of The Centre of Peace Studies and a professor of social science at the University of Tromsø, Norway. He is the author of Terror, Terrorism, and the Human Condition (2007) and co-author with David P. Barash of Peace and Conflict Studies (2008).

    Johan Galtung is widely acknowledged as the founder of peace studies and peace research. He has published extensively in these fields. He is currently co-director of TRANSCEND, a global network of peace scholars and conflict transformers.

    ‘It is a great privilege for me to recommend the Routledge Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies. Peace and Conflict Studies were initiated by Johan Galtung more than fifty years ago. Since then these studies have expanded enormously and developed their own unique identity. This Handbook contains many outstanding contributions by peace researchers, scholars and others, including important introductory and concluding articles by the editors themselves. It is a “must-read” for all students, teachers and researchers of peace and conflict studies, and of conflict resolution. In general, the Routledge Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies will be useful for all who are working in the field of conflict resolution in the world.’

    Dr Ole D. Mjøs, Chairman of the Centre for Peace Studies, University of Tromsø , Norway and Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee