Violence and Nonviolence: Pathways to Understanding is the first book to provide an integrative, systematic approach to the study of violence and nonviolence in one volume. Eminent scholar and award-winning author Gregg Barak examines virtually all forms of violence—from verbal abuse to genocide—and treats all of these expressions of violence as interpersonal, institutional, and structural occurrences. In the context of recovery and nonviolence, Barak addresses peace and conflict studies, legal rights, social justice, and various nonviolent movements. Employing an interdisciplinary framework, Barak emphasizes the importance of culture, media, sexuality, gender, and social structure in developing a comprehensive theory of these two separate, but inseparable phenomena.

Recovering from Violence

Recovering from violence

Part III of this book tackles the transformative processes involved in moving away from the reciprocal relations of violence and toward the reciprocal relations of nonviolence. As the properties and pathways to violence have been shown to function across the personal, familiar, and cultural milieus of everyday life, it is assumed that the properties and pathways to nonviolence are similarly situated, but otherwise constructed. In different words, both of these sets of relations can be viewed as derived from the dialectics of adversarialism and mutualism (see Chapter 5). It is also assumed that as “emotional states of being,” pathways to both violence and nonviolence operate across the same kinds of interpersonal, institutional, and structural terrains (or “psyches”) of individuals and ...

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