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Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Charles Webel, Johan Galtung


432 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General