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Transitioning to Peace

Promoting Global Social Justice and Non-violence

  • Case study and cross-cultural research from over 20 countries spanning Africa, Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia Oceania

  • In-depth analyses of peace processes, transitional justice mechanisms, social movements, community-led initiatives, and educational programs focused on rebuilding after violence and consolidating peace

  • Multi-level consideration of how the transition to peace can be instigated, carried out, accelerated, and sustained by national governments, international agencies, social groups and communities, as well as individual actors

  • Mixed methods analyses including qualitative interviews, surveys, experimental designs, in-depth case studies, and historical data

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

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Transitioning to Peace: Contributions of Peace Psychology Around the World

    • Wilson López López, Laura K. Taylor
    Pages 1-9
  3. Transitional Justice Processes in Path Toward Peace

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. Truth Commissions: Individual and Societal Effects

      • Anderson Mathias, Darío Páez, Agustín Espinosa, Bernard Rimé
      Pages 29-42
    3. Citizens’ Views on Amnesties, Truth Commissions, and Intergroup Forgiveness

      • Félix Neto, Lonzozou Kpanake, Claudia Pineda Marín, Etienne Mullet
      Pages 43-65
    4. Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Settings

      • Etienne Mullet, Wilson López López, Claudia Pineda Marín
      Pages 67-90
    5. Collective Memory in the Basque Country: The Interplay Between Construals of Victimhood and Perpetratorship

      • Magdalena Bobowik, Maitane Arnoso-Martínez, Mirjana Rupar, Ainara Arnoso-Martínez
      Pages 91-110
  4. Social Movements and Collective Action Promoting Constructive Transitions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 111-111
    2. The Energizing Role of Contact and Common In-group Identity on Collective Action Among Non-indigenous Groups in Mexico and Chile

      • David Sirlopú, Huseyin Çakal, Halime Unver, Natalia Salas, Anja Eller
      Pages 113-134
    3. The Chilean Transition: Achievements, Shortcomings, and Consequences for the Current Democracy

      • Claudia Zúñiga, Winnifred Louis, Rodrigo Asún, Carlos Ascencio
      Pages 135-151
    4. “Chanting at 1 pm Revolution Time”: Collective Action as Communal Coping in the Sudan Revolution

      • Ubai Kamal Elgizouli, Ayman Hussain, Sigrun Marie Moss
      Pages 153-173
  5. Community Efforts for Peace

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 197-197
    2. Psychosocial Accompaniment of Collective Nonviolent Resistance in an Informal Settlement

      • Luis Manuel Silva, Daniel J. Christie, Verónica Pardo-Argáez, Wilson López López
      Pages 213-228
    3. Psychosocial Accompaniment and Everyday Peace in Colombia

      • Claudia Tovar Guerra, Verónica Pardo Argáez
      Pages 229-243
  6. Peace Education and Future-Proofing Peace Transitions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 245-245
    2. Document-Based Historical Role-Playing as a Tool to Promote Empathy and Structural Understanding in Historical Memory Education

      • Javier Corredor, Carolina Castro-Morales, Tiffany Alexandra Jiménez-Rozo
      Pages 269-285

About this book

This edited volume highlights how individuals, communities and nations are addressing a history of protracted violence in the transition to peace. This path is not linear or straightforward. The volume integrates research from peace processes and practices spanning over 20 countries. Four thematic areas unite these contributions: formal transitional justice mechanisms, social movements and collective action, community-driven processes, and future-oriented initiatives focused on children and youth. Across these chapters, the volume offers critical insight, new methods, conceptual models, and valuable cross-cultural research. The chapters in this volume balance locally-situated realties of peace, as well as cross-cutting similarities across contexts.  

This book will be of particular interest to those working for peace on the frontlines, as well as global policymakers aiming to learn from other cases. Academics in the fields of psychology, sociology, education, peace studies, communication, community development, youth studies, and behavioral economics may be particularly interested in this volume.


  • War Trauma
  • Geopolitical Conflict
  • Reparative Justice
  • Intergroup Forgiveness
  • Peace Negotiation
  • Group Identity

Editors and Affiliations

  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia

    Wilson López López

  • University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Laura K. Taylor

About the editors

Wilson López López (Ph.D.) is a Professor at the Pontifical Xavierian University and leads the research group on social ties and culture of peace. López López is Editor of Universitas Psychologica and has published over 100 journal articles, in addition to books and book chapters. As a researcher, he has carried out various studies on mass media and conflict, forgiveness, and legal issues. López López founded and currently is the Permanent Secretary for Latin America of the Iberoamerican Feredation of Psychology Association (FIAP), President Elect of the Political Psychology Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), and on the boards of the Global Network of Psychologists of Human Rights and the International Network for Peace Psychology, among other leadership positions. In 2017, he was given the Interamerican Society of Psychology Award. His most recent co-edited volume, published with APA, is Political Psychology in Latin America.


Laura K. Taylor (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor at University College Dublin and Reader at Queen’s University Belfast and leads the Helping Kids! lab. Her research on the impact of political violence on young people and their communities has led to the Developmental Peacebuilding Model. She has published a book and over 60 journal articles in top psychology, as well as interdisciplinary peace and research methods journals, mostly focused on conflict-affected and LMICs countries. Taylor is the Editor of the APA journal, Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, and serves on the Governing Council of the International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP), British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Committee, International Network of Peace Psychology (INPP), and represents the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) to the International Consortium of Developmental Science Societies (ICDSS). In 2018, Taylor was awarded the Ed Cairns Early Career Award from APA’s Division 48 on Peace Psychology. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Transitioning to Peace

  • Book Subtitle: Promoting Global Social Justice and Non-violence

  • Editors: Wilson López López, Laura K. Taylor

  • Series Title: Peace Psychology Book Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-77687-9Published: 04 September 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-77690-9Published: 05 September 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-77688-6Published: 03 September 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2197-5779

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-5787

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 328

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Behavioral Sciences and Psychology

Buying options

eBook USD 169.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-77688-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)