• Shares the views of ordinary people from around the world concerning governmental aggression both as directed against themselves and as directed against other countries or groups
• Provides little-known information about the experiences of war and peace in established and emergent nations
• Pays particular attention to the far-flung imperialistic activities of the United States from its inception, and thinking about the United States from around the world
• Identifies similarities and differences among the views on government aggression and peace of people from different countries within geographical areas
• Comprises the work of over 100 contributors and researchers from 43 different countries, highlighting their countries' experiences with war and peace
• Numerous firsthand quotes illustrate views of ordinary people on state violence and the rights of citizens
• Extensive reference section in each volume documents the experiences with war and peace in each country
• Includes a comprehensive index
"In this four-volume set, edited by Malley-Morrison (psychology, Boston U.), contributors describe and analyze the results of an opinion survey instrument, the Personal and Institutional Rights to Aggression and Peace Survey for 43 countries around the world. The survey asked opinions regarding the right of governments to perform acts of aggression; whether individuals have a right to a world of peace and to demonstrate in support of that conviction; the role of the United States in Iraq; acts of state violence as assessed through the prism of emotional responses to direct or indirect exposure; lay understandings of such terms as war, peace, torture, terrorism, reconciliation, and rights; and the relationship of national security to individual and family security, as well as whether peace is achievable. The essays describe the general contours of the results for each country and seek to put them into historical and political context, with the particular emphasis being left up to the specific case study author rather than attempting to forge a unified approach. The volumes are organized by region, with the first volume covering Western Europe and North America; the second covering Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Middle East; the third covering Africa and Central and South America; and the fourth covering Asia and Australia."
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"Good indexing and solid bibliographic notes."
"The material found in this set is engrossing and suggestive. . ."
"Malley-Morrison and her collaborators take an important step in a postrealist direction when they focus on individuals and claim that war is a human rights issue. Further, if the world's people truly believe that they have a right to peace, their voice--which she and her collaborators evoke--represents a powerful independent force in world politics. The project's confirmation that individuals in many countries feel that they have a right to peace--and that they oppose state invasion, torture, and killing civilians--is a welcome move in advancing humane psychology and a postrealist approach to world politics."
"This new four-volume collection offers a timely account and analysis of the voices and views of people throughout the world whose lives are affected by war and state violence. With chapter contributions from an impressive roster of international experts, this indispensable series is remarkable in its combination of scientific rigor, geographic comprehensiveness, and illuminating insights."
Roy J. Eidelson, Ph.D.
President-Elect of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Associate Director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College