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As a field, peace studies includes work from multiple disciplines including communication. Scholars working in psychology, sociology, political science, public health, law, and theology all can contribute research to peace studies. Because of the wide range of contributing disciplines, peace studies’ scholarly boundaries are not strictly defined. In addition, the term peace is not easily defined. To many people, peace simply describes the absence of conflict. Conflict is not inherently negative, however, and can result in productive and mutually beneficial outcomes. Problems arise when the conflict is destructive, no party is satisfied with the outcome, and the conflict continues or worsens. Peace studies researchers therefore view conflict as neither inherently good nor bad and instead aim to prevent and resolve destructive conflict.

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