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  1. Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict, and Terrorism
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  2. Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict, and Terrorism

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Overcoming Evil describes the origins or influences leading to genocide, violent conflict and terrorism. It identifies principles and practices of prevention, and of reconciliation between groups after violence, or before violence thereby to prevent violence. It uses both past cases such as the Holocaust, and contemporary ones such as Rwanda, the Congo, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, contemporary terrorism, and the relations between the Dutch and Muslim minorities, which also has relevance to other European countries, as examples. The book draws on the author's previous work on all these issues, as well as on research in genocide studies, the study of conflict and of terrorism, and psychological research on group relations. It also describes the work of the author and his associates in real world settings, such as promoting reconciliation in Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo. The book considers what needs to be done to prevent impending or stop ongoing violence. It emphasizes early prevention, when violence generating conditions are present and a psychological and social evolution toward violence has begun, but not yet immediate danger of intense violence. The book considers the role of difficult social or life conditions, repression, culture, the institutions or structure of society, the psychology of individuals and groups, and the behavior of witnesses or bystanders within and outside societies. It emphasizes psychological processes, such as differentiation between us and them and devaluation of the "other," past victimization and psychological woundedness, the power of ideas and people's commitment to destructive ideologies. It considers humanizing the other, healing from past victimization, the creation of constructive ideologies and groups and how these help people develop cultures and institutions that make violence less likely. The book asks what needs to be accomplished to prevent violence, how it can be done, and who can do it. It aims to promote knowledge, understanding, and "active bystandership" by leaders and government officials, members of the media and citizens to prevent violence and create harmonious societies.

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Ervin Staub
Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
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Ervin Staub has written a book of immense importance to anyone concerned with intergroup hostility, violence and genocide and how these great human evils can be overcome through individual and collective action. Dr Staub has moved far beyond mere academic interest in the psychology underlying mass violence and shares with us his own and others' successful interventions in places where evil has cast its dark shadow and where tremendous suffering and insecurity still prevail. Overcoming Evil provides a thorough, comprehensive, and up-to-date real-world view, unflinchingly examining what most of us would perhaps rather avoid. But more than mere analysis, Staub provides us with detailed examples, applications and systemic solutions from such places as Rwanda, Israel-Palestine, Cambodia, the Holocaust, Congo, Abu Ghraib, Egypt, etc. This is a substantial book: Some readers may read it from cover to cover, others may focus in on one part at a time. I found it easy to read selective... Read more
This great work is by far the most important book I know that deals with stopping the cycles of hate and violence that now threaten the world. Ervin Staub has a lifetime of experience in dealing with genocide, terrorism, and civil strife, and he has collected a vast number of stories and plans on how to deal with these--to stop them when they arise and, more important, prevent them from occurring. The most important recommendations are well summarized in tables. The book focuses on psychology, especially the ways that normal human sourness and narrowness can get rapidly out of control and turn to violent hate. The only problem with the book is a rather shotgun approach to causes and cures; no one could do all this...In the concluding chapter, though, he singles out the most critical things in the last and best table of all. Since we now have John Heidenreich's HOW TO PREVENT GENOCIDE (which deals with the political and diplomatic side), and Barbara Harff's brilliant model that... Read more
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