Toward a Psychology of Nonviolence

  • Harry Murray
  • Mikhail Lyubansky
  • Kit Miller
  • Lilyana Ortega
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Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Abstract

In 1964, Martin Luther King concluded his first book, Stride Toward Freedom, by proclaiming: “Today, the choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” Although many would take comfort in the fact that global civilization has survived nearly half a century since those words were written, others (e.g., Bodley 2008) fear that our culture has developed so many possibilities of self-extermination that we have indeed chosen nonexistence. We write this chapter in the conviction that King’s words were prophetic, in the hope that there is still time to choose nonviolence, and in the firm belief that psychology can contribute to that choice.

Keywords

Nonviolence Restorative Nonviolent communication Permaculture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry Murray
    • 1
  • Mikhail Lyubansky
    • 2
  • Kit Miller
    • 3
  • Lilyana Ortega
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyNazareth CollegeRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA
  3. 3.Gandhi Institute for NonviolenceRochesterUSA
  4. 4.College of EducationChampaignUSA

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