Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict

3rd Edition - January 20, 2022

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Lester Kurtz
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128203125
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128201954

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Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, Third Edition, Four Volume Set provides timely and useful information about antagonism and reconciliation in all contexts of public and personal life, from the interpersonal to the global. Building on the highly-regarded 1st and 2nd editions (1999, 2008), and publishing at a time of increasing conflict and violent behavior the world over, this book is an essential reference for students and scholars working in the social scientific study of peace and conflict, criminology, public policy and international relations, as well as for those seeking to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for social justice and change. Covering topics as diverse as Sexual Assault, Terrorism, Arms Control, Nonviolent Movements, Child Abuse, Folklore, and Political Assassinations, the Encyclopedia comprehensively addresses an extensive information area in over 250 transdisciplinary, cross-referenced and authoritatively authored articles.

Key Features

  • Includes approximately 260 authoritative multidisciplinary articles – an increase of 40 from the previous edition
  • Presents articles authored by leading scholars in the field, ensuring a geographically diverse contributor team
  • Contains two brand new sections - “Legal Studies” and “Gender and Women’s Studies” - alongside revised and updated content
  • Provides an article outline and glossary of key terms at the beginning of each article


Researchers, students and postgraduates of social sciences, including disciplines such as humanities, cultural studies, politics, criminology, ethics, sociology, law and history; Teachers and lecturers in the above areas, policy makers, government/civil service individuals

Table of Contents

  • Conflict Analysis


    Conflict Theories

    Legal and Political Theories

    Historical Analysis

    Public Health and Psychology

    Environment and Climate


    Violence and Nonviolence

    Crime and Deviance

    War and Terrorism

    Gender Studies

    Political Violence

    Social Movements

    Psychological Elements

    Racial, Ethnics, and Cultural


    Structural Dimensions

    Civil Society

    Economic Sphere

    Gender Issues

    Legal Structures

    Politics and Governance

    Transnational Politics


    Cultural Dimensions

                    Cultural Themes

                    Communication and Media

                    Religious and Ethical Themes



Product details

  • No. of pages: 2946
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: January 20, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128203125
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128201954

About the Editor in Chief

Lester Kurtz

Lester R. Kurtz is professor of public sociology at George Mason University where he teaches courses on violence and nonviolence, peace and conflict, social movements, comparative sociology of religion, and global social thought. Kurtz holds a Master's in Religion from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and was previously director of Religious Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and taught as a visiting professor at the European Peace University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Delhi University in India, and Tunghai University in Taiwan. Dr. Kurtz is the past chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association as well as the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Robin Williams Distinguished Career Award in 2005. In 2014 he was given the Lester F. Ward Distinguished Contribution to Applied and Clinical Sociology Award by the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology. He is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Nanjing Massacre History and International Peace in Nanjing, Republic of China.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas, Austin, USA

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