The Political Necessity of Transpersonal Work

Deep Democracy's Potential to Transform Polarized Conflicts

  • Marcella Rowek

Part of the Masters of Peace book series (MAPEAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 179-214

About this book


Marcella Rowek explores the paradigm of Deep Democracy and its potential to transform polarized conflicts in the context of the current refugee situation in Europe. Her approach to peace work and research is embedded in the Innsbruck School of Peace Studies’ philosophy of Transrational Peaces and Lederach’s Elicitive Conflict Transformation. At the heart of a deeply democratic attitude is the idea that all perspectives, experiences, feelings, body sensations and awareness levels of the conflicting parties have to be acknowledged and consciously worked with. Only then conflict transformation processes can unfold. This is linked to a systemic and transpersonal perspective, which assumes that not a single person, event or group triggers a conflict, but that it is systemically co-created.



  • Field Theories
  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Worldwork
  • Case Study Zurich

Target Group

  • Lecturers and students in the field of peace and conflict studies, reconciliation, psychology, political science and social medicine
  • Practitioners and researchers in the field of peace work, mediation, education, community work, psychotherapy, social work

The Author

Marcella Rowek is a peace researcher from the MA program in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation at the University of Innsbruck. She strives for a culture of creativity and transrationality in community processes. ​


Refugee Situation in Europe Peacebuilding Conflict Transformation Community building Reconciliation Peace Work Deep Democracy Transpersonal Work Polarized Conflicts Transrational Peaces Elicitive System Theory Peace Culture The Political Necessity of Transpersonal Work

Authors and affiliations

  • Marcella Rowek
    • 1
  1. 1.UNESCO Chair for Peace StudiesUniversity of InnsbruckIgls-VillAustria

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