Peace and Conflict Studies

ISBN-10: 1412961203
ISBN-13: 9781412961202
Edition: 2nd 2009
List price: $114.00
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Description: This core textbook comprehensively introduces students to the relatively young interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies. Five years after the text's original publication, it is time for an update that reflects changes on the world  More...

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Book details

List price: $114.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

This core textbook comprehensively introduces students to the relatively young interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies. Five years after the text's original publication, it is time for an update that reflects changes on the world scene, as well as the need to add new material and expand on other topics. The second edition of Peace and Conflict Studies aims to respond to current challenges while still retaining the thoroughness that has made it successful.This field is unabashedly value-oriented, and although the authors are up front about their own values and opinions, they attempt to present all sides of complex debates to assist students in forming personal and social opinions, insisting only that those opinions be informed by serious intellectual effort. With the inclusion of new pedagogical features, as well asreferences tocurrent world events affecting students' lives, the text continues to encourage independent and critical thinking among student readers.Features and Benefits:A cohesive four-part organization that moves the reader from an overview of peace and war, to the reasons for war, 'negative' peace (peace that is more-or-less imposed), and concluding with 'positive' peace (peace built around basic human rights, economic well-being, and nonviolence). In general, the flow is from the negative to the positive, with a call-to-action for student readers in the final chapter.Emphasizes important themes and readability rather than immersion in the technical literature, making the book accessible to undergraduates.Includes historical background to deepen readers appreciation of current issues (such as 'ethnic cleansing,' nationalism, environmental concerns, etc.).New to this Edition:New chapters on terrorism; civilization and culture clashes, commonalities, and challenges; and national reconciliation will be added to the new edition.Recent material on global warming and climate change, globalization, nuclear terrorism, and conflict management theories and techniques will be added throughout the text.'Questions for Further Study' will be included at the end of each chapter to encourage critical thinking about the material.Suggested additional readings will also be included for those students who wish to read more about a particular topic.

Charles Webel received a multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and Philosophy in 1976 from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he has pursued post-doctoral studies at Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute and at the Universities of Paris, Frankfurt, and Heidelberg. A lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at Berkeley, his major fields of concentration include social and political theory; peace and conflict studies; social, political, and cultural psychology; and the philosophy of science and the social sciences. In addition to his academic career, he briefly enjoyed a career in publishing as executive editor of social sciences, social work, and philosophy at Columbia University Press (1980-83).nbsp;nbsp;

David P. Barash holds a Ph.D. in zoology & is professor of psychology & zoology at the University of Washington. He has been especially active in the growth & development of sociobiology as a scientific discipline.

Preface
The Promise of Peace, the Problems of War
The Meanings of Peace
The Meanings of Wars
Terrorism Versus Counterterrorism: A War Without End?
The Special Significance of Nuclear Weapons
The Reasons for Wars
The Individual Level
The Group Level
The State Level
The Decision-Making Level
The Ideological, Social, and Economic Levels
Building "Negative Peace"
Peace Movements
Diplomacy, Negotiations, and Conflict Resolution
Disarmament and Arms Control
International Cooperation
Peace Through Strength?
International Law
Ethical and Religious Perspectives
Building "Positive Peace"
Human Rights
Ecological Well-Being
Economic Well-Being
National Reconciliation
Nonviolence
Toward a More Peaceful Future
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

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