The Psychology of Nonviolence

The Psychology of Nonviolence

Pergamon General Psychology Series

1st Edition - January 1, 1974

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  • Author: Leroy H. Pelton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136219

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The Psychology of Nonviolence explores in a psychological perspective the meaning of nonviolence, particularly its philosophy, strategy, and implications. This book reports scientific evidence often based on experiments performed in accordance with the rules of experiments as the subject matter permits. Organized into eight chapters, this book begins with an explanation of the concepts of violence and nonviolence. Subsequent chapters explain the cognitive dynamics, as well as the power of nonviolence and information. The nonviolent protest, moral and practical bases of noncooperation, forms of noncooperation, and reconciliation are discussed. This text also shows the means and ends in nonviolence, including confronting some criticisms, preventive nonviolence and noncooperation in foreign policy, and peace. This book represents an instance of the explicit injection of values into social science.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1. Violence and Nonviolence



    Games and Conflict


    Chapter 2. Cognitive Dynamics

    Perceptual Organization

    Cognitive Construction


    Cognitive Consistency Notes

    Chapter 3. Power and Nonviolence

    Forms of Social Power


    Attitudes and Behavior Notes

    Chapter 4. The Power of Information


    The Stimulation of Argumentation


    Attitudinal Vacuity


    Nonpersuasive Functions of Information Notes

    Chapter 5. Nonviolent Protest

    Functions of Protest

    Drawing Attention to the Issues

    Determinants of Selective Exposure to Information

    The Consequences of Protest in the Civil Rights Movement

    Psychological Effects on Participants

    Self-suffering and Protest

    Violence as Protest Notes

    Chapter 6. Noncooperation

    Moral and Practical Bases of Noncooperation

    Forms of Noncooperation

    The Self-determination of Behavior

    Constructive Work

    Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, and Democracy

    Nonviolent Resistance against Totalitarianism and Invasion

    Beyond Noncooperation Notes

    Chapter 7. Toward Reconciliation

    The Deterioration of Conflict


    Reducing Psychological Resistance

    Trusting Behavior


    Attitude Change

    Superordinate Goals

    Promoting Interdependence and Its Recognition

    Independence and Interdependence Notes

    Chapter 8. Means and Ends

    Confronting Some Criticisms

    Preventive Nonviolence and Noncooperation in Foreign Policy



    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 310
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1974
  • Published: January 1, 1974
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136219

About the Author

Leroy H. Pelton

About the Editors

Arnold P. Goldstein

Leonard Krasner

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