The Game of War: The Liberating Action of Games in a Context of Political Polarization

  • Alejandra Sapene-ChapellínEmail author
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

The demand for a social reconciliation…is socially impossible to construct as long as there exists the illusion or pretension that forgiveness and forgetfulness can be constituted through a mere act of will, without the mediation of a collective process of re-significance of ominous facts (Kovalskys, 2006).

This chapter deals with the impact that a process of political polarization can have on children who live in such a situation. The subject is here approached through the perspective of liberation psychology. Hence, I sought to raise a form of consciousness that would alert the children about the effects of political polarity, allowing them to maintain a peaceful and rational position, even in a context of violence.

Research Context

Between May and June 2006 I carried out a research in Caracas, capital city of Venezuela, where I live, about the above-mentioned phenomenon. Since his election campaign and the beginning of his government, President Hugo Chavez (HC) has fostered an...


Participatory Action Research Child Participant Child Soldier Cognitive Reaction Psychoeducational Intervention 
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Professor Maritza Montero for her constant accompanyment during and after the whole process of research. Pedro Enrique Rodríguez, for his collaboration and for the discussions we had about some aspects of my research. John Souto Rey, for the co-facilitation of the school activities. Swelen Andari Sawaya, for the translation into English of the Spanish text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology“Andrés Bello” Catholic UniversityVenezuela

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