The Psychology of Nonviolence - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080180984, 9781483136219

The Psychology of Nonviolence

1st Edition

Pergamon General Psychology Series

Authors: Leroy H. Pelton
Editors: Arnold P. Goldstein Leonard Krasner
eBook ISBN: 9781483136219
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1974
Page Count: 310
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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 Violence Nonviolence Games and Conflict Notes Chapter 2. Cognitive Dynamics Perceptual Organization Cognitive Construction Values Cognitive Consistency Notes Chapter 3. Power and Nonviolence Forms of Social Power Attitudes Attitudes and Behavior Notes Chapter 4. The Power of Information Persuasion The Stimulation of Argumentation Credibility Attitudinal Vacuity Rationalization 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 Dehumanization Reducing Psychological Resistance Trusting Behavior Friendship 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 Peace Bibliography Author Index Subject Index


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Leroy H. Pelton

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Arnold P. Goldstein

Leonard Krasner

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