Examines the effects of violence suffered by Jewish and Arab Israeli youth in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
This groundbreaking volume documents a comprehensive peacebuilding initiative in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reviews the broad theoretical base underlying these efforts. Theory chapters discuss intrinsic peace-related concepts, including the nature of conflict, elements of individual and group identity, the long-term psychological effects of prolonged political hostilities, and the mechanisms of reconciliation and inclusiveness. Central to the coverage is the ambitious Building Peace through Knowledge Project, a four-year multidisciplinary program featuring a diverse palette of professional and community interventions to reduce the occurrence and trauma of political violence. The author reveals powerful insights connecting knowledge to peacebuilding by analyzing:
- The relationships between attitudes and ideology in intergroup conflict.
- The psychosocial impact of political violence among Israelis and Palestinians.
- The literature on people-to-people interventions (P2Ps) in conflict reduction.
- The roles of forgiveness, reconciliation, and fairness in conflict resolution.
- The methodology and findings of the Building Peace through Knowledge Project.
- The potential of knowledge-based interventions in building sustainable peace in other regions.
Practitioners, mental health professionals, and scholars with interests in multicultural mental health, cross-cultural psychology, political violence, and peace education will look to Building Peace through Knowledge as an ideabook, a mission statement, and a road map toward a more stable world.
About the Author:
Alean Al-Krenawi (PhD) is the President of Achva Academic College and a Professor of Social Work at the Spitzer Department of Social Work at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Dr. Al-Krenawi's research interests include multicultural mental health, polygamy and political violence. He conducts studies in Israel, Canada, P.A. and other Arab countries. He has a few books currently in press, such as Women and mental health: The Middle East case, Social Work with Muslim Communities, and Diversity and Social work in Canada. Recently published books include The Psychosocial Impact of Polygamy in the Middle East and Tomorrow's players: The Israeli-Palestinians Case. Furthermore, Professor Al-Krenawi has authored numerous book chapters and academic peer reviewed articles. Recently published works appear/are about to appear in the British Journal of Psychiatry, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, Community Mental Health Journal, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Human Behaviour in the Social Environment, International Journal of Psychiatry, International Journal of Social Work, Social Psychology, Society and Disability Journal, and World Psychiatry Journal among other forms.