Visions in conflict: International perspectives on values and enmity
Edited by Brian C. Alston
In March 2007, APA Division 36—Psychology of Religion hosted two symposia titled "Visions in Conflict" at the mid-year conference held at Loyola College in Maryland. Eight speakers addressed topics of understanding, forgiveness, and creative conflict resolution with respect to national and international crises. Since this conference, the division has organized a series of symposia for the national conferences of APA and Division 36 mid-year conferences. This newly published volume contains some of the recent symposium presentations, as well as essays written by other experts from around the world regarding the different vehicles of conflict resolution — namely, religion, psychology, education and training, psychotherapy and sports. The essays aim to shed light on the process of peace and reconciliation in venues from South Africa and the Congo to Rwanda, Iraq and Kosovo.
The primary purpose of the Visions in Conflict series is to express much of the good work being done in the field of conflict resolution and peace building around the world. This is especially relevant in the arenas of acknowledgement and understanding of the "other" (including interfaith dialogue), and communication through conflict and forgiveness. This series also aims to open up the field in order to invite dialogue with other practitioners engaged in similar work. The works of practitioner-scholars have been published as a means of illustrating practical, in-the-field operations and processes that have been successful, so that others working in such arenas may be more effective in the creation and building of peace and understanding within and between the diversity of peoples.