Hope Amidst Conflict: Philosophical and Psychological Explorations (Series in Political Psychology)

Hope Amidst Conflict: Philosophical and Psychological Explorations (Series in Political Psychology)

Publication title: Hope Amidst Conflict: Philosophical and Psychological Explorations (Series in Political Psychology)
Author: Oded Adomi Leshem
Publication type: Book (Hardback)
Publication date: 13/10/2023
Number of pages: 224
ISBN number: 978-0197685303

How does hope for peace form and proliferate in the seemingly hopeless reality of conflict, and why do despair and fear often prevail? How do political elites utilize hope and skepticism to manipulate their public during conflict? And how does hope manifest itself at the societal level?

Hope Amidst Conflict takes on the bold challenge of answering these questions by merging insights from philosophy and social psychology and investigating hope for peace in an intense political context--the intractable, violent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Hope for peace has gathered scholarly attention in the last decade. However, the work has been focusing on the mechanisms of hope while failing to ask the bigger questions about hope's role in the politics of conflict. Moreover, existing research presents a confusing account of what hope "is" and how it can be measured. This confusion yielded mixed results regarding the levels and consequences of hope during conflict.

Combining the wisdom of more than a hundred years of scholarship on hope with insights from original data collected in conflict zones, Hope Amidst Conflict offers a novel conceptualization of hope and a standardized way to measure hope in a wide array of contexts. Using these new approaches, the book embarks on a journey to identify the determinants and consequences of hope amidst conflict.
Regions: Middle East, Israel
Keywords: Society, Psychology, Politics, Humanities, People in the humanities, Philosophy & ethics, Public Dialogue - Humanities


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