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Conflict, Violence, Terrorism, and their Prevention

Editor(s): Arthur J. Kendall, Chas Morrison, J. Martin Ramirez

Book Description

Conflict, Violence, Terrorism and their Prevention provides an inter-disciplinary and global perspective on aspects of aggression and violence. It explores the individual, group, and international processes and conditions by which violent conflict occurs. It shows the wide range and diffuse nature of contemporary violence and the need to approach it from many disciplines. The book also examines some multi-faceted solutions and responses to conflict. The optimistic conclusion from this work is that there are concrete and specific ways to address conflict and violence. Violence is neither inevitable nor innately determined.

These 13 well-researched chapters use a variety of empirical and theoretical approaches drawn from psychology, political science, and anthropology. Its topics include terrorism, education, peace studies, and conflict resolution. Experts from eight countries share their findings and offer a comprehensive overview of violence and responses to it. The book builds on current thinking regarding causal factors, such as inequality, exclusion, lack of opportunity, or grievance. It broadens the conceptualization of the phenomena and links it with tangible measures that reduce conflict and promote peace.

This book is an important source for researchers and students of conflict, violence, and peace. It is accessible to anyone with broad interests in studying aggressive behavior and methods of reducing it.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5347-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5347-X
Date of Publication: 01/01/2014
Pages / Size: 235 / A5
Price: £44.99


J. Martín Ramírez is Professor at Universidad Complutense of Madrid, International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University, and at the East-West Center in Hawaii, among others. Academic background: Degrees in Medicine, Neurosurgery, Law, Humanities, Education, and National Defense. His research focuses on the biopsychic processes underlying feelings and expressions of aggression in many different species, from birds and rodents to felines and primates. Among other honors, he is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Advisor to the Professors World Peace Academy and to the Society for Terrorism Research, and has an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco.

Chas Morrison is Research Fellow in Reconstruction at the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University, UK. His background is in post-conflict reconstruction in South Asia and East Africa, and he has research interests in civil conflict in India and Tibet/China.

Arthur J. Kendall is a political psychologist and mathematical statistician. For 21 years, he mentored social scientists, accountants, economists, and statisticians on social and behavioral science methods and statistics for a US Congressional agency, the Government Accountability Office. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He is on the Council of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. He volunteers with Statistics without Borders.