The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil: Inclusive Caring, Moral Courage, Altruism Born of Suffering, Active Bystandership, and Heroism by Ervin StaubThe Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil: Inclusive Caring, Moral Courage, Altruism Born of Suffering, Active Bystandership, and Heroism by Ervin Staub

The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil: Inclusive Caring, Moral Courage, Altruism Born of…

byErvin Staub

Paperback | March 23, 2016

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 218 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-2 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


In The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil, Ervin Staub draws on his extensive experiences in scholarship and intervention to illuminate the socializing experiences, education, and trainings that lead children and adults to become helpers/active bystanders and rescuers, acting to preventviolence and create peaceful and harmonious societies. The book collects Staub's most important and influential articles and essays in the field, compiling a variety of examples of helping behaviors as well as discussions of why we should help and not harm others. He addresses a wide range of suchbehaviors, from helping people in everyday physical or psychological distress, to active bystandership in response to harmful actions by youth toward their peers (bullying), to endangering one's life to save someone in immediate danger, or rescuing intended victims of genocide.Staub engages with ways to promote active bystandership in the service of preventing violence, helping people to heal from violence, and building caring societies. He explores the range of experiences that lead to active bystandership, including socialization by parents, teachers (and peers) inchildhood, education, experiential learning, and public education through media. He examines what personal characteristics or dispositions result from such experiences, which in turn lead to caring and helping. Staub also considers how circumstances influence people - both individuals and wholegroups - and how they join with personal dispositions to determine whether people remain passive in the face of others' need or instead help others and behave in morally courageous or even heroic ways. He considers how moral and caring values can be subverted by circumstances, and outlines ways toresist that possiblity. He also considers how past victimization and the resulting psychological woundedness, which can lead to "defensive violence" or hostility toward people and the world, may be transformed by other experiences, leading to "altruism born of suffering." The book draws on research and theory as well as work in applied settings. Ultimately this book will help readers explore how we can turn ourselves into active, helpful people and what we need to do to create peaceful and caring societies.
Ervin Staub is Professor Emeritus and the founding director of the doctoral program in the psychology of peace and violence at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He previously taught at Harvard University. He has studied the roots of caring, helping, and altruism and their development in children and adults, as well as the roots...
Title:The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil: Inclusive Caring, Moral Courage, Altruism Born of…Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:March 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019060798X

ISBN - 13:9780190607982

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

Preface. Why Have I Been Studying Goodness (and Evil and its Prevention)?1. Introduction, Examples, and Overview of the Book2. Why We Should Help and Not Harm Others3. Inclusive Caring, Moral Courage, Altruism Born of Suffering, and Active Bystandership: Their Roots in Socialization and Experience4. Basic Psychological Needs, Caring and Violence, and Optimal Human Functioning5. Learning by Doing: The Evolution of Helping and Caring (and of Violence) through One's Own Actions6. Passivity: Bystanders to Genocide7. The Psychology of Rescue: Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Heroic Helpers8. Psychology and Morality in Genocide and Violent Conflict: Perpetrators, Passive Bystanders, and Rescuers9. Helping Psychologically Wounded Children Heal10. Altruism Born of Suffering: The Roots of Caring and Helping after Victimization and Other Trauma11. The Heroism of Survivors: Survivors Saving Themselves and the Impact on Their Lives12. Heroes and Other Committed Individuals13. How Can We Become Good Bystanders in Response to Needs around Us and in the World?14. Understanding Police Violence and Active Bystandership in Preventing It15. Many Children are Happy in School, Others are Bullied, Some Excluded; Active Bystandership Helps16. Training Active Bystanders in Schools and Other Settings17. Educational Experiences (Trainings) as Routes to Helping, Non-aggression, Active Bystandership, and Heroism18. Advancing Healing and Reconciliation19. Public Education to Promote Active Bystandership for Resisting Violence, for Reconciliation, and for Peace: Musekeweya, an Educational Radio Drama in Rwanda, and Its Extensions20. Preventing Violence and Terrorism and Promoting Positive Relations between Dutch and Muslim Communities in Amsterdam21. The Impact of the Staub Model on Policy Making in Amsterdam Regarding Polarization and Radicalization22. The Roots of Helping, Heroic Rescue, and Resistance to and the Prevention of Mass Violence: Active Bystandership in Extreme Times and in Building Peaceful Societies23. Moral Courage and Heroism Revisited24. Nonviolence as a Way to Address Injustice and Group Conflict25. An Unassuming Hero26. Bystandership: One Can Make a Difference; An Interview with Ervin Staub (2012)27. Summary Tables on the Origins of Active Bystandership, Heroism, and Moral Courage28. Creating Caring Societies: Values, Culture, Institutions

Editorial Reviews

"This fine book is a victory lap of sorts for a distinguished career, but is also forward looking because it includes not only the author's major and recent articles but also newly written material dealing with ways to prevent violence and promote peace. Those interested in learning aprogrammatic approach to addressing matters of moral courage and compassion will be drawn to this book, as will those who want to apply psychological insights to advancing reconciliation and creating caring societies." --D. S. Dunn, Moravian College