Restoring Civil Societies: The Psychology of Intervention and Engagement Following Crisis

Restoring Civil Societies: The Psychology of Intervention and Engagement Following Crisis

Editor(s): Kai J. Jonas, Thomas A. Morton

Published Online: 8 AUG 2012 02:23AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470671436

Online ISBN: 9781118347683

DOI: 10.1002/9781118347683

Series Editor(s): Marilynn B. Brewer

About this Book

Breakdowns in civil societies can be catalyzed by factors ranging from war and genocide to natural disaster, disease and economic downturns. Restoring Civil Societies examines social processes related to civic engagement in the wake of these societal ruptures. The authors show how crises in civil society can be both pervasive and localized, broad-based and limited to defined social sub-groups. Whatever their scale, Restoring Civil Societies identifies models that analyze the social psychology of crises in order to devise ways of re-activating civic engagement and safeguarding civil society.

Focusing on these positive interventions, the authors identify a number of key strategies, ranging from the simplicity and directness of bystander interventions to the volunteer armies mobilized in the wake of natural disasters. They include collective action organized to redress systemic inequalities, and the vital healing role played by truth commissions in Rwanda and elsewhere. Restoring Civil Societies fills the gap between basic research on social issues and translation into social policies and programs-an area which, in light of current economic and social unrest, is more important now than ever.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Theoretical Approaches

    1. Chapter 3

      Regulating Psychological Threat (pages 38–56)

      Bastiaan T. Rutjens, Joop van der Pligt and Frenk van Harreveld

    2. Chapter 8

      Intergroup Relations in Post-Conflict Contexts (pages 135–155)

      John F. Dovidio, Samuel L. Gaertner, Ruth K. Ditlmann and Tessa V. West

  2. Part II: Application and Intervention

    1. Chapter 13

      Divided by a Common Language? (pages 222–236)

      Leda M. Blackwood, Nick Hopkins and Stephen D. Reicher

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