- December 12, 2018 at 12:29 pm #158373
As the Realizing Nonviolent Resilience: Neoliberalism, Societal Trauma, and Marginalized Voice (Peter Lang Publishers) book project continues to evolve, Dr. Jerry Lawler and Dr. Jeremy Rinker (co-editors) wanted to reach out to PCDN members and encourage ideas and abstracts. If you have an idea that would clearly fit within our attached call let us know! Abstracts and new ideas are always welcome.
With the current proposed abstracts we feel we should be in a very good position to complete a strong edited volume that will be a true value to the intersectional and interdisciplinary thought on trauma, neoliberalism and marginalized nonviolent peace praxis. We welcome further additions to this important edited volume.
Should you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Jeremy Rinker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
See attached call and look forward to possible collaboration!</div>
Jeremy RinkerDecember 12, 2018 at 12:37 pm #158375
Call for Papers
Peter Lang Publishers, Conflict and Peace Book Series</u>.
Realizing Nonviolent Resilience: Neoliberalism, Societal Trauma, and Marginalized Voice
Current neoliberal social and economic realities have had enormous impacts on the abilities of oppressed groups and marginalized communities to realize resistance and innate resiliencies. This edited volume aims to bring together a collection of conflict theorists, peacebuilding practitioners, mental health activists, and social science scholar/practitioners interested in the complicated and dynamic intersections between trauma, nonviolent resistance, and the marginalized realities of modern life. The contributions to this edited volume will attempt to answer some of the following broad questions as they explore these complex intersections:
- What does effective nonviolent conflict transformation look like on the ground in an era of conspicuous neoliberal economic markets, consumption, and deregulation?
- Is nonviolent resistance possible in an increasingly hegemonic neoliberal infrastructure that enforces elite security, increases inequality, discounts collective historical trauma, and favors authoritarian response to resistance?
- In an atmosphere that privileges neoliberal economic theory as sacred, how does one contend with individual and collective traumas and their historical legacies in attempts to create social change?
Neoliberalism, the reigning ideology of our era, is most commonly associated with free market economics and economic growth as the supposed best way to achieve human progress and happiness. It is foundational to neoliberalism that there should be a minimum of government intervention in economic affairs. As a titular expression of economic freedom for all, neoliberalism is distinct from modern liberalism that saw poverty, inequality, disease, and discrimination as impediments to individual freedom and happiness. Instead, neoliberal ideology sees government interventions to allay these impediments by redistributing wealth, as inevitably leading to totalitarianism. A key neoliberal conviction is that individuals, the underserved and/or minority groups do not benefit from government imposed social support. Rather, they need to compete and adapt to progress and flourish. In the ascendant context of neoliberal ideology in the early 21<sup>st</sup> century what can the poor and marginalized do to resist such forces? From whence does nonviolent resilience come in the face of such ideology? Drawing on peace and conflict literature, nonviolent theory and practice, and concepts of social resilience and reconciliation, this edited book aims to shed light on the, often opaque, connections between unequal power dynamics that are exacerbated by both dominant neoliberal economic structures, norms, and values (Harvey, 2007) and collective historical trauma (Kirmayer, Gone, & Moses, 2014) in real life social conflicts around the globe.
Following on the coeditors previous work on collective trauma as a societal level cause of protracted social conflict that is both inherited across generations and spread horizontally across societies (Rinker & Lawler 2018), this ambitious edited volume aims to critically explore the under-addressed links between the societal trauma and dominant neoliberal values and market forces. Far broader than the traditional concept of individual trauma developed in psychiatry and codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders (DSM-5), societal or collective trauma is experienced by entire populations which have been subjected to violent histories, forced oppression, and/or occupation by dominant states or ethnic groups. Both oppressed and oppressor get caught in a dynamic cycle of “acting in” and “acting out” in which any true vision of the opponent is occluded, perceptions are distorted, and any efforts toward peaceful ends are deemed literally unthinkable (Rinker & Lawler, 2018). The resulting psychology of the population inhibits grass roots efforts toward peaceful conflict transformation – a reality reinforced by dominant neoliberal norms and structures.
How does the reigning ideology of neoliberalism and the phenomenon of societal level trauma interact dynamically to exacerbate violence and inhibit peaceful solutions to protracted social conflicts? We believe this important intersection of political economy and human psychology has been neglected in the peace, conflict, and justice studies literature and we, therefore, call for papers addressing this complex set of dynamics and relationships. We are interested in papers that explore the complex interrelationships of these two forces in the world, particularly as they relate to traditionally marginalized populations and systems of oppression. Some papers may address the direct and more obvious dynamics such as the psychologically debilitating effects of violent suppression of minority/indigenous groups by regimes aided and abetted by neoliberal forces. Others may explore more tenuous relationships and include mediating variables such as the absence of international aid or the possibility that investment in suppressed populations creates a sense of fatalism and helplessness in the oppressed group that in turn feeds a feeling of impotence in engaging effectively with an occupying force. Still others may address impediments and institutional barriers to resistance in the face of neoliberal hegemony. Papers may address international inter-ethnic conflicts or may focus on local struggles involving differing social movements or ethnic groups. For example, we would welcome contributions from practitioners working in Israel/Palestine, or ones working with indigenous or refugee populations in the US, Canada, Australia, or elsewhere. We are mainly interested in contributions from practitioners in the field who have seen these twin forces in vivo in the peace work they are doing in the field, but we will consider more theoretical pieces as well.
By its very nature this book is transdisciplinary in the sense that it hopes to build collaboration among scholars and activists from disparate fields. We are targeting the scholar-practitioners in the areas of Peace and Justice Studies, Conflict Transformation, and the intersections between Political Economy, Political Psychology, and Political Sociology. While we are primarily interested in scholar-practitioners, academics teaching and doing research in the area of Peace Psychology and Trauma Studies may also show interest in this work. We encourage both single-authored and co-authored pieces.
A short 250-word abstract is requested for those that are interested.
Full manuscripts are requested in American Psychological Association (APA) format and should be submitted as a MSW document (double-spaced, 12-point font). References should be submitted as a separate word document. Manuscripts ranging between 5000 and 8000 words should be e-mailed to co-editors by March 15, 2019. Feel free to contact either co-editor for more information, or to think through your idea.
Jeremy Rinker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Jerry Lawler, Ph.D.
Peace and Conflict Studies Department Greater Baltimore Counseling Center
University of North Carolina at Greensboro E-mail: email@example.com
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