Violent States and Creative States (2 Volume Set)

From the Global to the Individual

by John Adlam, Tilman Kluttig, Bandy Lee, Dr John L Young, Grace Lee, Christopher Scanlon, Annie Stopford, Gardnel Carter, Gina Donoso, Gloria Uwizeye, Thilo Kroll, Efrat Even-Tzur, David W. Jones, Ismail Karolia, Julian Manley, Klaus Hoffmann, Barry Richards, Aileen Schloerb, Hayley Berman, Matt Killingsworth, Lucy Neal, Estela Welldon, Reinmar Du Bois, Maggie McAlister, Clinton Van der Van der Walt, Gwen Adshead, Zoe Berko, Sarita Bose, Martha Ferrito, Martina Mindang, Anna Motz, Robyn Timoclea, Deborah J. Cohan, Claude Barbre, Jill Barbre, Tamsin Cottis, Alex Maguire, Andrew Ware, Gerrard Drennan, Kate Rothwell, Simon Hackett, James S. Vrettos, James Gilligan

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  • 9781785920479
  • 9781784503031

This is a provocative collection exploring the different types of violence and how they relate to one another, examined through the integration of several disciplines, including forensic psychotherapy, psychiatry, sociology, psychosocial studies and political science. By examining the 'violent states' of mind behind specific forms of violence and the social and societal contexts in which an individual act of human violence takes place, the contributors reveal the dynamic forces and reasoning behind specific forms of violence including structural violence, and conceptualise the societal structures themselves as 'violent states'.

Other research often stops short at examining the causes and risk factors for violence, without considering the opposite states that may not only mitigate, but allow for a different unfolding of individual and societal evolution. As a potential antidote to violence, the authors prescribe an understanding of these 'creative states' with their psychological origins, and their importance in human behaviour and meaning-seeking. Making a call to move beyond merely mitigating violence to the opposite direction of fostering creative potential, this book is foundational in its capacity to cultivate social consciousness and effect positive change in areas of governance, policy-making, and collective responsibility.

This two-volume set includes:

Volume 1: Structural Violence and Creative Structures ISBN 9781785925641

Volume 2: Human Violence and Creative Humanity ISBN 9781785925658


  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers; May 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784503031
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  • Title: Violent States and Creative States (2 Volume Set)
  • Author: John Adlam (ed.); Tilman Kluttig (ed.); Bandy Lee (ed.); Dr John L Young (contrib.); Grace Lee (contrib.); Christopher Scanlon (contrib.); Annie Stopford (contrib.); Gardnel Carter (contrib.); Gina Donoso (contrib.); Gloria Uwizeye (contrib.); Thilo Kroll (contrib.); Efrat Even-Tzur (contrib.); David W. Jones (contrib.); Ismail Karolia (contrib.); Julian Manley (contrib.); Klaus Hoffmann (contrib.); Barry Richards (contrib.); Aileen Schloerb (contrib.); Hayley Berman (contrib.); Matt Killingsworth (contrib.); Lucy Neal (contrib.); Estela Welldon (other); Reinmar Du Bois (contrib.); Maggie McAlister (contrib.); Clinton Van der Van der Walt (contrib.); Gwen Adshead (contrib.); Zoe Berko (contrib.); Sarita Bose (contrib.); Martha Ferrito (contrib.); Martina Mindang (contrib.); Anna Motz (contrib.); Robyn Timoclea (contrib.); Deborah J. Cohan (contrib.); Claude Barbre (contrib.); Jill Barbre (contrib.); Tamsin Cottis (contrib.); Alex Maguire (contrib.); Andrew Ware (contrib.); Gerrard Drennan (contrib.); Kate Rothwell (contrib.); Simon Hackett (contrib.); James S. Vrettos (contrib.); James Gilligan (other)
  • Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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  • 9781785920479
  • 9781784503031

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In this superbly informative and inspiring collection, various forms and manifestations of violence and of violent states of mind and of society are analyzed and countered by creative alternatives. Volume 1 explores the concept of structural violence, examining state violence in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and dynamics of terror, protective function and creativity in the public sphere, locally and internationally. Volume 2 focuses on the origins and aftermath of individual violent states of mind and violence directed towards self or others and describes how psychotherapeutic, psychosocial and activist interventions can provide and promote creative alternatives. These volumes are a treasure trove for everybody in all the many fields of violence reduction.