Discourse, Peace, and Conflict

Discursive Psychology Perspectives

  • Stephen Gibson

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Stephen Gibson
    Pages 1-25
  3. Interpersonal and Intergroup Conflicts

  4. Intractable and International Military Conflicts

  5. Refuge and Migration

  6. Conceptual and Methodological Reflections

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 331-339

About this book


This first-of-its-kind volume brings discursive psychology and peace psychology together in a compelling practical synthesis. An array of internationally-recognised contributors examine multiple dimensions of discourse—official and casual, speech, rhetoric, and text—in creating and maintaining conflict and building mediation and reconciliation. Examples of strategies for dealing with longstanding conflicts (the Middle East), significant flashpoints (the Charlie Hebdo case), and current heated disputes (the refugee ‘crisis’ in Europe) demonstrate discursive methods in context as they bridge theory with real life. This diversity of subject matter is matched by the range of discursive approaches applied to peace psychology concepts, methods, and practice.

Among the topics covered:

  • Discursive approaches to violence against women.
  • The American gun control debate: a discursive analysis.
  • Constructing peace and violence in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
  • Discursive psychological research on refugees.                                                     
  • Citizenship, social injustice, and the quest for a critical social psychology of peace.
  • The emotional and political power of images of suffering: discursive psychology and the study of visual rhetoric.                                                                             

Discourse, Peace, and Conflict offers expansive ideas to scholars and practitioners in peace psychology, as well as those in related areas such as social psychology, political psychology, and community psychology with an interest in issues pertaining to peace and conflict.


European refugee crisis mediation practice violence against women analysis of discourse in conflict conversation analysis ideological patterning in discourse discourse and intergroup theory moral psychology of intergroup relations psychological discounting strategies discursive psychology and international conflicts analysis of news coverage of War on Terror analysis of visual culture of war discursive analysis of Charlie Hedbo

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Gibson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Psychological and Social SciencesYork St John UniversityYorkUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99093-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99094-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5779
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-5787
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