Peace Fair or Warfare: Educating the Community
Psychologists who wish to promote peace and justice must investigate how to mobilize the political will of the people in order to improve the policy making of the elite. This is the second study in a program of action research designed to investigate ways of encouraging people to accept personal responsiblity for influencing governmental foreign policy. It reports an attempt to create an ideal educational experience—a peace fair—that would provide the set of conditions that the first study suggested were essential for the acceptance of personal responsibility. The fair was successful in convincing individuals that they personally could do something to help prevent nuclear war. However, it revealed a serious weakness in the current peace movement—an inability to portray convincingly a course of national action that could promote peace and justice. This is an essential component for efficient action. Suggestions are made for the next round of research. 1988 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
peace, psychologists, war, social action, social science research, justice
de Rivera, Joseph and Laird, James, "Peace Fair or Warfare: Educating the Community" (1988). Psychology. 875.