ISBN: 9780262321181 | 480 pp. | November 2014

Pathways to Peace

The Transformative Power of Children and Families

Can more peaceful childhoods promote a culture of peace? Increasing evidence from a broad range of disciplines shows that how we raise our children affects the propensity for conflict and the potential for peace within a given community. In this book, experts from a range of disciplines examine the biological and social underpinnings of child development and the importance of strengthening families to build harmonious and equitable relations across generations. They explore the relevance to the pursuit of peace in the world, highlight directions for future research, and propose novel approaches to translate knowledge into concrete action.

The contributors describe findings from research in biology, neuroscience, evolution, genetics, and psychology. They report empirical evidence on children living in violent conditions, resilience in youth, and successful interventions. Their contributions show that the creation of sustainable partnerships with government agencies, community leaders, policy makers, funders, and service providers is a key ingredient for success. Taken together, they suggest possible novel approaches to translate knowledge into concrete action.

Table of Contents

  1. The Ernst Strüngmann Forum
  2. List of Contributors
  3. Foreword: The Culture of Peace

    Anwarul K. Chowdhury

  4. 1. Peace Is a Lifelong Process

    James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick, and Rima Salah

  5. 2. Framing Our Analysis

    Robert A. Hinde and Joan Stevenson-Hinde

  6. 3. Ecology of Peace

    Pia R. Britto, Ilanit Gordon, William Hodges, Diane Sunar, Cigdem Kagitcibasi, and James F. Leckman

  7. 4. Peptide Pathways to Peace

    C. Sue Carter and Stephen W. Porges

  8. 5. Epigenetics

    Eric B. Keverne

  9. 6. Group Identity as an Obstacle and Catalyst of Peace

    Douglas P. Fry

  10. 7. Human Biological Development and Peace

    Barak Morgan, Diane Sunar, C. Sue Carter, James F. Leckman, Douglas P. Fry, Eric B. Keverne, Iris-Tatjana Kolassa, Robert Kumsta, and David Olds

  11. 8. Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives

    Dario Maestripieri

  12. 9. The Problem of Institutionalization of Young Children and Its Consequences for Efforts to Build Peaceful Societies

    Nathan A. Fox, Charles A. Nelson, and Charles H. Zeanah

  13. 10. Prosocial Development and Situational Morality

    Marinus H. van IJzendoorn and Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg

  14. 11. How Do Events and Relationships in Childhood Set the Stage for Peace at Personal and Social Levels?

    Howard Steele, Marinus H. van IJzendoorn, Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, W. Thomas Boyce, Mary Dozier, Nathan A. Fox, Heidi Keller, Dario Maestripieri, Paul Odhiambo Oburu, and Hiltrud Otto

  15. 12. Mental Health and Development among Children Living in Violent Conditions

    Raija-Leena Punamäki

  16. 13. Structural Violence and Early Childhood Development

    Andrew Dawes and Amelia van der Merwe

  17. 14. Promoting the Capacity for Peace in Early Childhood

    Ann S. Masten

  18. 15. Healthy Human Development as a Path to Peace

    Daniel J. Christie, Catherine Panter-Brick, Jere R. Behrman, James R. Cochrane, Andrew Dawes, Kirstin Goth, Jacqueline Hayden, Ann S. Masten, Ilham Nasser, Raija-Leena Punamäki, and Mark Tomlinson

  19. 16. Interventions

    Cigdem Kagitcibasi and Pia R. Britto

  20. 17. Linking Peacebuilding and Child Development

    Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Ilham Nasser

  21. 18. The Power of Media in Peacebuilding

    Lucy Nusseibeh

  22. 19. Creating Effective Programs and Policies to Reduce Violence and Promote Peace

    Pia R. Britto, Rima Salah, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Jacqueline Bhabha, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Gary R. Gunderson, Cigdem Kagitcibasi, Lucy Nusseibeh, Olayinka Omigbodun, Mikiko Otani, and Geraldine Smyth

  23. Bibliography
  24. Subject Index