Handbook on Building Cultures of Peace

  • Joseph de Rivera

Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Views from the Social Sciences

    1. Joseph de Rivera
      Pages 1-8
    2. Douglas P. Fry, Bruce D. Bonta, Karolina Baszarkiewicz
      Pages 11-26
    3. Ray L. Franklin
      Pages 27-41
    4. Howard Richards, Joanna Swanger
      Pages 57-70
    5. Joseph de Rivera
      Pages 89-103
  3. Building the Eight Bases for a Culture of Peace

    1. Carolyn M Stephenson
      Pages 123-138
    2. Johanna K. Vollhardt, Katya Migacheva, Linda R. Tropp
      Pages 139-152
    3. Michael Kisielewski, Timothy F LeDoux
      Pages 153-166
    4. Shira Loewenberg
      Pages 167-180
    5. Ernesto Anasarias, Peter Berliner
      Pages 181-195
    6. Natalie J. Goldring
      Pages 197-210
    7. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 211-227
  4. Tools for Building Cultures of Peace

    1. General Methods

      1. Michelle Cromwell, William B Vogele
        Pages 231-244
      2. Steve Nisenbaum
        Pages 245-257
      3. Meenakshi Chakraverti
        Pages 259-272
      4. Barb Toews
        Pages 273-286
      5. Eduardo I. Diaz
        Pages 287-301
    2. Methods Aimed at Specific Levels

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 387-407

About this book


Mediation and negotiation, personal transformation, non-violent struggle in the community and the world: these behaviors—and their underlying values—underpin the United Nations’ definition of a culture of peace, and are crucial to the creation of such a culture. The Handbook on Building Cultures of Peace addresses this complex and daunting task by presenting an accessible blueprint for this development. Its perspectives are international and interdisciplinary, involving the developing as well as the developed world, with illustrations of states and citizens using peace-based values to create progress on the individual, community, national, and global levels. The result is both realistic and visionary, a prescription for a secure future.

A sampling of topics covered in the Handbook:

  • Basic components of a culture of peace (including education, tolerance, gender equality, human rights, and sustainable development), and how each strengthens the whole.
  • The politics and socioeconomics of a culture of peace.
  • The relationship of personal to cultural change.
  • Applying peace concepts in the law enforcement, justice, and prison systems.
  • Community reconciliation and post-conflict reconstruction.
  • Achieving peace in the family.
  • Assessing—and learning from—modern cultures of peace.

Global in scope and far-reaching in its analysis, the Handbook on Building Cultures of Peace is a source of real-world ideas and lucid insights to enhance the work of social and peace psychologists, policy analysts, and the studies of graduate students in psychology and sociology.


Conflict International Security National Security Peace Peace Building Peacebuilding human rights

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph de Rivera
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-09574-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-09575-2
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