Authors of New Book Will Discuss Ethnic, Religious and Sectarian Violence

Posted: February 8, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The editors and several contributors to a new book, “Identity, Morality, and Threat: Studies in Violent Conflict” (Lexington Books, 2006), will discuss their work at a book launch this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Campus.

The free event will be held in the Truland Building, Room 555, and refreshments will be served.

In the book, co-editors Daniel Rothbart and Karyna Korostelina of Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) bring together essays analyzing the causal relationship between escalating violence and opposing images of one’s self and the outside group.

The essays confront the practice of demonizing the outside group as justification for violent conflict and the conditions that enable these distorted images to shape future decisions. The authors provide insight into the possibilities for transforming threat-narratives into collaboration-narratives, and for changing past opposition into mutual understanding. “Identity, Morality, and Threat” aims to contribute to the study of identity-based conflict and psychological defenses.

Other contributors who will be present at the book launch are:

  • Peter Stearns, Mason provost
  • Sandra Cheldelin, ICAR professor
  • Rom Harré, distinguished adjunct professor, American University and Georgetown University
  • Joseph Montville, ICAR professor
  • Dennis Sandole, ICAR professor
  • David Alpher, ICAR PhD candidate

For more information, e-mail Erin Ogilvie.

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