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The Role of Community Development in Reducing Extremism and Ethnic Conflict

The Evolution of Human Contact


  • Explores contemporary cases relevant to the topics at hand

  • Proposes real-world solutions to immediate and salient problems of ethnic conflict and violence

  • Provides an optimistic view of the potential to solve such issues


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. August John Hoffman, Saul Alamilla, Belle Liang
    Pages 79-91
  3. August John Hoffman, Saul Alamilla, Belle Liang
    Pages 155-160
  4. August John Hoffman, Saul Alamilla, Belle Liang
    Pages C1-C1
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 161-163

About this book


The purpose of this text is to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the nature of violence, aggression, extremism, and ethnic hate crimes in the US, and to explicate how community development, stewardship, and service may be implemented to address and reduce these problems. When individuals of diverse backgrounds are provided with engagement, interaction, and community-building stewardship programs, negative ethnic stereotypes are debunked, conflict is reduced, and individuals are more likely to communicate and build a more resilient and empowered community. Recent political and administrative policies have created a very tense environment among cities within the US, especially within communities that have larger populations of immigrant refugees and persons of varied ethnicities. This book aims to ameliorate some of that tension. 


Community Psychology Social Psychology Community Engagement Evolutionary Psychology Community Service Work Volunteerism Interdependency Ethnic Conflict Hate Crimes Prosocial Behavior Ethnocentrism Superordinate Goals

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Metropolitan State UniversityHudson, WIUSA
  2. 2.Kennesaw State UniversityKennesaw, GAUSA
  3. 3.Boston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAUSA

About the authors

August John Hoffman is Professor of Psychology at Metropolitan State University, USA, and President of the IFO Faculty Association.

Saul Alamilla is Associate Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University, USA.

Belle Liang is Professor in the Counseling and Developmental Psychology Program at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Role of Community Development in Reducing Extremism and Ethnic Conflict
  • Book Subtitle The Evolution of Human Contact
  • Authors August John Hoffman
    Saul Alamilla
    Belle Liang
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-75698-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09302-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-75699-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 163
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Community and Environmental Psychology
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