By Ani Kalayjian, Raymond F. Paloutzian
Anger, hatred, resentment, grudges—when the goods of clash smolder for years, a long time, or centuries, the assumption of peace could appear elusive and unrealistic. even as, humans and societies have to circulate past those detrimental demanding results to allow them to heal. Forgiveness and Reconciliation explores intensive assorted but crucial parts of this peace-building process.
Unlike so much books at the topic, which are inclined to specialise in the individual’s improvement of forgiveness from a unmarried point of view, Forgiveness and Reconciliation reaches around the spectrum of approaches—socio-psychological, biopsychological, healing, developmental, and religious between them—to supply examples of intervention on the person, neighborhood, generational, and nationwide degrees. This inclusiveness (and a number of real-world illustrations from U.S. race family members to the Armenian genocide) provides readers entry not to in basic terms the center problems with forgiveness and the dialogic nature of reconciliation, but in addition the intersecting mental and social procedures concerned as they have an effect on all members in conflict.
Highlights of the coverage:
- Reconciliation efforts in Rwanda, Darfur, India, and Pakistan.
- Restorative conferencing and its position in fostering forgiveness.
- Lessons in empathy and repentance from lifers in felony.
- Promoting reconciliation via arts and the media.
- The strength for forgiveness regardless of revisionism, denial, and endured injustice.
- Reconciliation within the divided society.
Forgiveness and Reconciliation breaks new flooring as a quantity that might improve the paintings of social and peace psychologists, scholars and researchers in intergroup and diplomacy, and peace and clash studies.
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