Peace Psychology in Australia

  • Diane Bretherton
  • Nikola Balvin

Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Diane Bretherton, Nikola Balvin
    Pages 1-10
  3. The Geohistorical Context of Peace Psychology in Australia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Jackie Bornstein, Margot Prior
      Pages 71-86
    3. Winnifred Louis, Fiona Kate Barlow, Katharine Greenaway
      Pages 87-104
  4. Contemporary Issues

  5. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Diane Bretherton, Nikola Balvin
      Pages 341-351
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 353-356

About this book


As the world’s largest island and the only country that is also a continent, Australia holds a unique place among nations. At the same time, given its history of colonialism, racial oppression, and reconciliation attempts, the island also stands as a microcosm of global interest in peacebuilding. Peace Psychology in Australia shows peace efforts making inroads as this large, diverse country undergoes rapid social change. 

The book brings into focus the history of relations between Indigenous peoples and the descendents of British and other settlers, the experiences of recent immigrants, and the perspectives of peace professionals on how to achieve a more cooperative and less fragmented society. Chapters identify key factors in successful integration, analyzing the intricate balance between valuing diversity and promoting common bonds, values, and identity. The range of historical and contemporary issues featured includes the country’s hidden history of structural inequity, the rich tradition of Indigenous methods of resolving conflicts, and Australia’s unique possibilities for social justice. And peace psychologists are shown in context, whether advocating for asylum seekers or working with men’s groups to rethink the long-prevailing culture of male domination. Included in this important volume:  

  • Immigration and Australian national identity.
  • Encouraging respect for diversity in the schools.
  • Community development in Indigenous empowerment.
  • Stereotypes: hidden obstacles to reconciliation.
  • Peace objectives in the era of climate change.
  • Practical and research challenges for the future. 

For peace psychologists, political scientists, and policymakers, Peace Psychology in Australia offers real-world lessons that can benefit people worldwide, and a foundation for peace work to come.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Diane Bretherton
    • 1
  • Nikola Balvin
    • 2
  1. 1., Australian Centre for Peace and ConflictThe University of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia
  2. 2., School of LawLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1402-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1403-2
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