Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology and Other Tools

„Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology and Other Tools“ is a textbook type of the book in which about 40 peace workers, with extensive experience in the field of peacebuilding, from different perspectives, provide advice and guidance for the peacemakers work.

If we determine it as a textbook, this does not mean that this book is intended just for beginners in the peacebuilding.This book can be more then useful  also for people with experience in the field of peacebuilding because there are classified key knowledge related to that field. Peacebuilding is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field, so it can be approached from the perspective of various disciplines, ranging from economy to art history.The book, however, does not provide such a comprehensive review and the question is: whether it would be possible at all to include all aproaches to peacebuilding in one book?

Approach to peacebuilding in this book is limited to psychology, social work and communicology, but a slight primacy in the book has psichology what is indicated in the booksubtitle that the book is „psychological manual“.It is about the psychology of peacebuilding, but also the psychology of the participants in the peacebuilding process, especially when it comes to the peacebuilders.

The book was first published in the 1985th and in the introduction of this edition, which has been wrote by Neil Wollman, it was said: „This book represents a personal and interpersonal principles that will effectively help you to use your knowledge and organizing work skills.“

One of two introductory text in second book edition which has been published in 2006th in English is also signed by Neil Wollman along with Rachel M. Macnair, which is book editor. Text is named Choir Must Know How to Sing.There is explained in detail for what the books can be used:

- To improve personal effectiveness in peacebuilding;
- To overcome burnout;
- To help your local group to work better;
- To find ideas to make a greater impact;
- To overcome the problems and conflicts within the working group;
- To find ideas for conflict resolution;
- To overcome the problem of communicating your own messages, etc.

Listed above is also evident from the titles of chapters. Let me list just a few titles to illustrate how the book has a wide range of applications:Cultivating Inner Peace; Being a Parent in a Peacefull Home; Motivate Others to Work with You, Nonviolent Communication, Psychology of Formats and Design; Humor for Peace, etc.

However, the aim of the book is not only to educate or give instructions, its goal is to invite peace activists for joint action. Hence such a metaphorical title of introductory text: Choir Must Know How to Sing. This book assumes that for the failure in peacebuilding are not guilty just its opponents, even ignorance, but one of the major culprits is the lack of unity of peace workers. First of all vanity and the belief that the chosen path is the only one possible.

In post-conflict societies that is particularly evident. If we look how many peace organizations in the former Yugoslavia we have, it is inevitable to ask why we have so little success in the field of peacebuilding? One answer is definitely the disunity of peace workers approaches to peacebuilding. Hence this book in our language looks like full publishing hit. We thanks NGO Gariwo who had published it in 2009 in edition Question of all Questions.


Amer Tikveša

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