Analytical Conflict Transformation and Teaching for Peace in Sociology



Our interest in peace and social movements dates back years, but what brought about our work in conflict transformation (CT) was a conference—A Symposium on Conflict Transformation: Theory and Practice for Peace in Troubled Times—organized b y Dr. Candice Carter and others. Many controversies were circulating on campus, in the community, and around the world: strife over religions and atheism, discussions about genocide and war, arguments over environmental issues and global warming, debates over gun rights and gun control, protests and disputes over abortion. The conference afforded us the opportunity to develop analytical conflict transformation (ACT), a new approach to CT that strengthens participants’ ability to discuss, analyze, and act on controversial topics (Welch & Welch 2007).


Social Control Restorative Justice Public Sociology American Sociological Association Peace Process 
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  2. This group works with organizations and members of communities to promote peace.Google Scholar
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