Social psychology, war and peace: Towards a critical discursive peace psychology

Stephen Gibson*

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In this paper, I make two related arguments: that peace psychology and social psychological peace research should give greater attention to discourse, and that critical discursive approaches in social psychology should explore matters of international military conflict, an area which has hitherto been somewhat neglected in this tradition of work. These arguments are developed in relation to debates concerning the nature and status of psychological 'science', and the neglect of language in social and peace psychology. To illustrate the possibilities of a critical discursive approach, research on the discursive function of 'peace' is discussed. In conclusion, it is suggested that a critical discursive perspective enables analysts to interrogate a range of assumptions underpinning militaristic ideologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-250
Number of pages12
JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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