Peace psychology in Japan from critical psychology perspective

[Speaker] Ito, Takehiko:1
1:Wako University (Japan)

Peace psychology is a subfield of Psychology and Peace Research that deals with the psychological aspects of peace, conflict, violence, and war. Peace psychology can be characterized by four interconnected pillars: (1) research, (2) education, (3) practice, and (4) advocacy. Peace psychological research can be analytically (research on peace) or normatively (research for peace) oriented. Sugita & Ito (2008) reviewed the history of peace psychology in Japan and found that the interconnection of the Galtung s notions of negative peace, positive peace and culture of peace is essential. This presentation will show recent development of Japanese peace psychology, including a new textbook published in 2014 and an animation DVD book of conflict resolution in 2013.
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