Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict, and Terrorism

Paperback | July 29, 2013

byErvin Staub

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Winner of the 2013 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award.Winner of the International Society of Political Psychology Alexander George Book Award.Overcoming Evil identifies the root causes of genocide, violent conflict, and terrorism, informed by Ervin Staub's 30 years in the field. An understanding of these root causes is essential for mapping ways to move beyond violence. In this landmark volume, Staub lays out principles and practices toprevent violence, halt ongoing violence, and promote reconciliation to prevent the recurrence of violence. In analyzing violence, Staub considers difficult conditions of life, conflict, repression, culture, the institutions of society, individual and group psychology, the evolution of violence, andthe behavior of witnesses or bystanders within and outside societies. To move beyond violence, it is necessary to humanize the other, to heal from past victimization, and develop cultures and institutions that help curb violence. The book considers how all this can be accomplished, and how caring values and moral courage for action can develop.

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Winner of the 2013 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award.Winner of the International Society of Political Psychology Alexander George Book Award.Overcoming Evil identifies the root causes of genocide, violent conflict, and terrorism, informed by Ervin Staub's 30 years in the field. An understanding of these root causes is essentia...

Ervin Staub has taught at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has studied the influences that lead caring, helping, altruism in adults and children, the origins of genocide and other mass violence, the prevention of violence between groups and reconciliation after violence. He published extensively on these topic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 29, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments1. Introduction. I. Origins, Prevention, Reconciliation2. Introduction. II. Early and Late Prevention, The Costs of Violence, Evil and GoodnessPart I: The Origins of Mass Violence3. The Sources of Conflict Between Groups and Primary Examples4. Instigating Conditions: Starting Points of Mass Violence5. Psychological and Societal/Group Processes that Arise from Instigating Conditions6. Learning by Doing in Individuals and Groups: The Evolution of Extreme Violence7. Internal and External Bystanders: Their Passivity, Complicity, and Role in the Evolution of Viole8. Cultural/Societal Characteristics that Make Hostility and Violence More Likely9. Perpetration and the Perpetrators10. Understanding the Woundedness/Psychological Transformation of All Parties in Mass ViolencePart II. Prevention and Reconciliation11. Introduction and late prevention12. Promoting Understanding, Healing and Reconciliation in Rwanda13. Constructive Responses to Difficult Life Conditions and Conflict, Preventive Diplomacy and Dialogue14. Developing Positive Orientation to the "Other": Humanizing and Contact with the Other15. Beyond "us" and "them": Constructive Ideologies and Groups, Common Identities, Inclusive Caring, and Pluralism16. Changing Hearts and Minds: Information, Peace Education, and Public Education in Rwanda and the Congo17. The Potential and Power of Active Bystanders: Citizens, Leaders, Nations, the International System18. Generating Action by Leaders, Citizens, Creating Structures for Prevention19. Healing/Psychological Recovery and Reconciliation20. Other Elements of Reconciliation: Complex Truth, Collective Memory, Shared History and Justice21. Forgiveness, Healing and Reconciliation22. Raising Inclusively Caring, Morally Courageous Children and Altruism Born of Suffering23. Recommendations and Conclusions