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Psychological Components of Sustainable Peace

Part of the series Peace Psychology Book Series pp 1-14

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Psychological Components of Sustainable Peace: An Introduction

  • Morton DeutschAffiliated withInternational Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers College, Columbia University Email author 
  • , Peter T. ColemanAffiliated withInternational Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers College, Columbia University

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Abstract

The purpose of this book is to enhance understanding of sustainable peace by supplementing the standard approach of studying the prevention of destructive conflict, violence, war and injustice with the equally important investigation of the promotion of the basic conditions and processes conducive to lasting peace. For in addition to addressing the pervasive realities of oppression, violence and war, peace requires us to understand and envision what alternatives we wish to construct. Recognizing the ultimate need for multidisciplinary frameworks to best comprehend and foster sustainable peace, we hoped to elicit what contemporary psychology might have to contribute to such a framework. This chapter provides a brief historical and conceptual context for the many fine scholarly chapters that follow in the book.