Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding

  • Brandon Hamber
  • Elizabeth Gallagher

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Brandon Hamber, Elizabeth Gallagher, Stevan M. Weine, Inger Agger, Saliha Bava, Mauricio Gaborit et al.
    Pages 1-31
  3. Elizabeth Gallagher, Brandon Hamber
    Pages 71-116
  4. M. Brinton Lykes, Alison Crosby
    Pages 147-186
  5. Ingrid Palmary, Glynis Clacherty, Lorena Núñez, Duduzile Ndlovu
    Pages 187-221
  6. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
    Pages 255-287
  7. Brandon Hamber, Elizabeth Gallagher, Stevan M. Weine, Sumona DasGupta, Ingrid Palmary, Mike Wessells
    Pages 289-316
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 317-331

About this book


The book Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding offers a template for those dealing with the aftermath of armed conflict to look at peacebuilding through a psychosocial lens. This volume, and the case studies that are in it, starts from the premise that armed conflict and the political violence that flows from it, are deeply contextual and that in dealing with the impact of armed conflict, context matters. The book argues for a conceptual shift, in which psychosocial practices are not merely about treating individuals and groups with context and culturally sensitive methods and approaches: the contributors argue that such interventions and practices should in themselves shape social change.  This is of critical importance because the psychosocial method continually highlights how the social context is one of the primary causes of individual psychological distress. The chapters in this book describe experiences within very different contexts, including Guatemala, Jerusalem, Indian Kashmir, Mozambique, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka. The common thread between the case studies is that they each show how psychosocial interventions and practices can influence the peacebuilding environment and foster wider social change.  Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding  is essential reading for social and peace psychologists, as well as for students and researchers in the field of conflict and peace studies, and for psychosocial practitioners and those working in post-conflict areas for NGO’s.


localized responses to political violence political trauma post traumatic stress disorder psychological effects and political violence psychosocial interventions post-war psychotherapy and political trauma

Editors and affiliations

  • Brandon Hamber
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Gallagher
    • 2
  1. 1.INCORE, University of UlsterLondonderryIreland
  2. 2.INCORE, University of UlsterLondonderryIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09936-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09937-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5779
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-5787
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