Peace psychology in the Balkans: In times past, present, and future

Olivera Simic, Zala Volcic, Catherine R. Philpot

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the contributions that Peace Psychologists have made to the understanding of conflict and peace in the Balkan region. The recent history of physical violence in Balkan nations, such as Bosnia- Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Romania, make this an important area of analysis given its potential to broaden our understanding of peace and conflict processes world-wide. The analysis provided in this chapter is multi-directional in its consideration of past, present and future realities. Explanations for the history of conflict in the region are identified, the present realities of peace and conflict explored and pathways to a more peaceful future proposed. The analysis is also multi-faceted considering both micro-level and macro-level factors relevant to the history and future of peace in the region. Micro-level factors, such as social norms, individual attitudes and relations to other ethnic groups, are shown to have complex interactions with macro-level factors, such as politics and economics, in predicting both peace and violence in the Balkan region. The analysis is relevant to academic disciplines as diverse as peace studies, politics and sociology, but remains firmly embedded within a peace psychological framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeace Psychology in the Balkans: Dealing with a Violent Past while Building Peace
PublisherHumana Press
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781461419488
ISBN (Print)9781461419471
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Discrimination
  • Ethnic prejudice
  • Negative peace
  • Peace building
  • Peace psychology
  • Physical violence
  • Positive peace
  • Structural violence
  • The Balkans

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Simic, O., Volcic, Z., & Philpot, C. R. (2012). Peace psychology in the Balkans: In times past, present, and future. In Peace Psychology in the Balkans: Dealing with a Violent Past while Building Peace (pp. 1-14). Humana Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-1948-8_1