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Working for Peace: a Handbook of Psychology and Other Tools

by Rachel MacNair Impact Publishers
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Pbk 288 pages
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The most complete guidebook yet to social activism. Forty active peace workers -- psychologists, social workers, communication specialists and other professionals -- offer detailed practical guidance on getting yourself together, maintaining an effective group of volunteers, and getting the word out to the larger community.


Thirty-two information-packed chapters include: Cultivating Inner Peace; Overcoming Anger and Anxiety; Overcoming Helplessness and Discouragement; Overcoming Burnout; Motivating Others; Effective Group Meetings and Decision Making; Using Conflict Creatively; Promoting Peaceful Interaction; Nonviolent Communication; Conflict Transformation Skills; From Anger to Peace; Preparing for Nonviolent Confrontations; Effective Media Communication; Techniques of Behavior Change; Humor for Peace.

Working for Peace offers many helpful suggestions for becoming more effective in your own small acts of change. You can make a difference.' --- Arun Gandhi, Director, M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

'Working for Peace is an unusually comprehensive survey of many psychological attitudes and tools that can be used to implement the intent of its title. Virtually everyone interested in helping to solve problems of violence, terrorism, war, and genocide will find many useful suggestions in this excellent book. I highly recommend it .' --- Albert Ellis, Ph.D. Psychologist and Founder, Albert Ellis Institute

'Working for Peace is filled with practical steps that every person can take to become a doctor to the planet. Our global survival is dependent on it' --- Helen Caldicott, M.D. President and Founder, Nuclear Policy Research Institute, International Peacemaker

'The social movement for peace with justice is being reborn... Newcomers to peace work, whatever their prospective role, need resources and help to get oriented and launched. They are well served by this Handbook, produced by an able set of experienced peace activists in psychology. Old hands will appreciate how the book reflects thoughtful understanding of the complex components of effective action for peace.' --- M. Brewster Smith, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz, Past President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Past President, American Psychological Association

'This book's message -- that all individual actions, while small, can contribute to social change -- is one of encouragement. A particularly timely purchase ...' --- Library Journal Review, July 2006
Rachel M. MacNair, PhD, is Director of the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, a research organization specializing in the connections between various social issues of violence.