Peace Psychology Book Series

Symbols that Bind, Symbols that Divide

The Semiotics of Peace and Conflict

Editors: Moeschberger, Scott L., Phillips DeZalia, Rebekah A. (Eds.)

  • Explores the roles of divisive symbols in various conflict settings around the world
  • Provides both a historical background as well as psychological and anthropological analyses of the use of symbols in war and conflict
  • Contains a concluding chapter focusing on how peace psychologists can contribute to building cultures of peace through a better understanding of semiotics
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About this book

This work explores the function of both divisive and uniting symbols in various conflict settings around the world.  It takes a fairly broad perspective on what constitutes a symbol, to include objects such as flags, signs, language, and monuments, all of which convey conflicting meanings in a society affected by conflict.  In addition, the authors include commemorations and other dynamic events that serve as a means for groups or individuals to connect with past generations, celebrate a heritage, and possibly express religiosity. In order to provide context for the nuances surrounding the symbols, there are brief historical overviews for each conflict featured in the volume. In each chapter, three issues are emphasized: the particular symbols that are divisive in the specific culture; how these symbols were used to perpetuate conflict; and how these symbols can be used or modified to bring unification. Contributions come from authors from around the world that have conducted empirical studies on intergroup relationships or have provided significant academic contributions in the area of symbols and collective memories represented in theoretical publications. 

Taken together, the contents of the volume provide a rich tapestry of intellectual analyses to the diverse selection of conflict settings from around the globe.  In addition to the nine case studies, there is an introductory chapter, which grounds the discussion in current peace psychology literature as well as provides future directions. This volume is a valuable resource to many, as the focus on symbols can span many disciplines such as political science, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and art.  Furthermore, it is of significant interest to all scholars and peace activists studying these various countries and their conflicts.

About the authors

Scott Moeschberger, PhD., is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Higher Education at Taylor University. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy from Ball State University. His research interests include counseling, working with body image, working with sexual assault survivors, research methods and statistics, forgiveness, reconciliation and empathy.

Rebekah Phillips DeZalia, PhD., is an Instructor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Coastal Carolina Community College. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy from Clark University with a dissertation on orphans of the Rwandan Genocide.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Function of Symbols that Bind and Divide

    DeZalia, Rebekah A. Phillips (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Forsaken Monuments and Social Change: The Function of Socialist Monuments in the Post-Yugoslav Space

    Begić, Sandina (et al.)

    Pages 13-37

  • “What We Are, Where We Are Headed”: A Peace March Visits an Ex-torture Center

    Proto, Carolina Muñoz

    Pages 39-59

  • Contested Symbols as Social Representations: The Case of Cyprus

    Psaltis, Charis (et al.)

    Pages 61-89

  • Symbols that Speak: Christ and His Word in El Salvador

    Santos, Jose Leonardo

    Pages 91-110

Buy this book

eBook $129.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-05464-3
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-05463-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $169.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37715-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Symbols that Bind, Symbols that Divide
Book Subtitle
The Semiotics of Peace and Conflict
Editors
  • Scott L. Moeschberger
  • Rebekah A. Phillips DeZalia
Series Title
Peace Psychology Book Series
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05464-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05464-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-05463-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37715-5
Series ISSN
2197-5779
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 222
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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