Conclusion: Paths Toward a Peaceful World

  • Ronald J. Fisher
Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


The primary thesis of this book is that the discipline of social psychology has much to offer to the understanding and resolution of destructive intergroup and international conflict. A variety of themes running throughout the book demonstrate this richness in terms of theory, research, and practice. After discussing these themes briefly, this chapter will consider the implications of the social-psychological approach for conflict de-escalation and resolution. It will be made clear that a number of alternate paths toward a more peaceful world are available based on a socialpsychological analysis. Finally, some thoughts about the agenda for the future will be brought forward. These will relate primarily to the need for the accelerated development and institutionalization of innovative methods of practice developed from a social-psychological base so that these can take a place alongside established methods of conflict management.


Conflict Resolution Conflict Management International Conflict Intergroup Relation Intergroup Contact 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Fisher
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Canadian Institute for International Peace and SecurityOttawaCanada

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