|Six Peace Books
written or edited by Rachel M. MacNair, Ph.D.
Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology
by Impact Publishers.
Edited by Rachel MacNair in conjunction with Psychologists for Social Responsibility, several psychologists share their
expertise on improving activism -- for ourselves, for our groups, and for our messages.
Available from the publisher for $17.95 plus shipping; paperback only.
Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress:
The Psychological Consequences of Killing
Is the act of killing traumatic to the one who does it? This book pulls
together scholarship that suggests that killing can be a stressor that kicks off
cases of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, apparently being even more severe
than being the victim in traumatic situations. The book looks at different groups
that kill, ranging from veterans and executioners and police who shoot in the
line of duty to Nazis and criminal homicide.
Because this book was mentioned in an article in the New Yorker ("The
Price of Valor," July 12/19, 2004) and due to interest in this phenomenon with
veterans of the Iraq war, the author has been interviewed for several print media
and three on-camera interviews for documentaries so far.
Available in hardcover from Greenwood/Praeger Press, including examination copies
Available in paperback from the publisher for $17.95 plus shipping, with a discount for resellers and bulk purchases
such as for classes. The best deal for individual copies is often through Barnes & Noble.
This website has more information on the topic: a basic explanation of PITS, expressions of PITS in
world literature, and expressions of PITS in personal stories.
The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction
A review from Choice said: "This accurately titled and well-written survey of peace psychology provides an excellent
introduction for general readers or undergraduate students. In addition to an informed discussion of the psychological
causes and effects of violence and nonviolence, MacNair provides a useful chronology of peace psychology, a list of
references, and a detailed index. . . . Attractive features of the book include its lack of jargon and its clear delineation of
the various approaches to conflict form the interpersonal to the interactional level. Highly recommended. General
readers and undergraduates."
The chapters are:
1: Psychological Causes of Violence
2: Psychological Effects of Violence
3: Psychological Causes of Nonviolence
4: Psychological Effects of Nonviolence
5: Conflict Resolution
6: Nonviolent Struggle and Social Movements
7: Public Policy Issues of Violence
8: Gentle Lives and Culture
Available in both paperback and hardcover from Greenwood/Praeger Press. Examination copies for possible classroom
adoption can also be ordered through their site.
The first edition (left) came out in 2003. The second edition (right) is scheduled to come out November 30. 2011.
This website has more information on the topic: a short history of peace psychology.
"At the time of its publication, MacNair's book was the only single-authored textbook in the field of peace psychology. It
provides a well-written overview of the field suitable for introductory peace psychology classes and other courses in
peace studies. It is also appropriate for the faith-based groups, adult education seminars, and other general
audiences . . . In sum, this well-written introductory text . . . provides a comprehensive survey and useful chronology of
the filed of peace psychology."
-- Bill Wickersham, University of Missouri Peace Studies Review
Spring 2005, pp. 83-85
"I really liked the book's organizational structure and comprehensive treatment of peace psychology. MacNair begins
with two chapters on the causes and effects of violence, respectively. Next come two chapters on the precursors,
correlates, and consequences of nonviolence. Then we have a pair of chapters on conflict resolution and nonviolent
social change. The book moves on to conclude with two chapters that consider peace within a public policy framework
and as a quality of one's daily life and culture. An interesting addendum outlines 'a short chronology of peace
psychology', a substantive references section, and a helpful index are included at the end.
For a textbook of modest length (218 pages), most of the basic content for a first introduction to peace psychology I
would want conveyed to undergraduates included, but without bogging the reader down in technical detail. I have a
hunch MacNair's organizational scheme for discussing peace psychology will serve as a model for subsequent attempts
by other authors. Most of the students who responded to my invitation to give their comments evaluated the text very
positively, commenting most frequently on its simplicity and accessibility to them, and liking it better than the other two
supplemental texts I asked them to read."
-- Guy L. Osborne, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
Volume 12, Number 1, ,2006, pp. 83-86
(negative remarks not included )
"I want to let you know that I used your "The Psychology of Peace" text for a Peace and Global Studies course that I
co-taught this semester at Le Moyne. We discussed the first four chapters, and the students were fascinated with the
material. Many commented that they never even considered that there were causes of nonviolence. We had many
wonderful discussions in class, based on their interest in the material. Thank you for such an important book for
learning about peace."
-- Christina Michaelson, personal communication
"The Psychology of Peace is to me what an anatomy book is to an aspiring physician."
-- Thomas C. O'Brien, undergraduate student, personal communication
Religions and Nonviolence:
The Rise of Effective Advocacy for Peace
Part 1 covers the nonviolence traditions in major religions:
Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, other ancient religious
revolutions, Christianity, Islam, First Nations of North American,
Sikhs, Baha'i, revived Paganism, Tenrikyo, and ethical atheism.
Part 2 covers religious insights into nonviolence traditions.
Available from the publisher Praeger in hardcover
Gaining Mind of Peace:
Why Violence Happens and How to Stop It
For youth :
For young people puzzled by warring and violent ways, concepts are explained in
simpler language, with stories to illustrate the points. This is a good peace education
resource for both young people and adults who would like a shorter overview. Because
of its format with each chapter starting with a story, explaining a concept, and then
suggesting action applications, it is also well suited for adult book discussion groups.
It can make excellent birthday and Christmas presents.
The book is available in hard cover and paperback from Xlibris. You can also peruse
the content of the first chapter to help you decide if you wish to purchase the book.
For a 40% discount for libraries, classes, non-profits and resellers, order at
1-888-795-4274 ext. 276.
"This 172 page book is written for young people. My Peace and Conflict Studies class of high school sophomores,
juniors and seniors found this book very accessible and interesting. We had great discussions based on the chapter
readings, and I am sure the one of the reasons the students left the course with a strong understanding of nonviolence
is because of Rachel MacNair's book. It was easy to get the book adopted by our public school board."
-- Educators for Nonviolence review
see Educators for Nonviolence home page
Winning with Nonviolent Action
Did you know that large nonviolent campaigns go back at least as far as the ancient Romans, whose workers staged a
major walk-out in 494 B. C.? Did you know that several brutal dictatorships and entrenched empires have been toppled
by nonviolent movements? Did you know this has been going on throughout history, all over the world, by people of
different religions and backgrounds? Even governments have engaged in nonviolence. The first organized nonviolent
army was by Muslims!
This book gives short stories of some of the major nonviolent actions that have succeeded. Each page has separate
cases, so pages can be photocopied for history or other social studies classes to enrich understanding of different
peoples and times. Color pictures are included, and it is available in both hard cover and paperback.
It can make excellent birthday and Christmas presents.
Young people can learn about the part of history that war-focused texts tend to overlook. Adults can be educated with
an overview of the broad span of how well nonviolent action has worked in the past. Both can learn the basics of the
history of nonviolent action.
Available in hard cover and paperback from Xlibris. For a 30% discount for libraries, classes, non-profits and resellers,
order at 1-888-795-4274 ext. 276.
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