Collective violence and the culture of peace: researching the social psychology of memory and social reconciliation

Introduction to the monograph

  • Nekane Basabe University of the Basque Country, Spain
  • Darío Páez University of the Basque Country, Spain
Keywords: collective violence, culture of peace, social reconciliation, transitional justice, truth commissions, intergroup forgiveness


This monograph aims to disseminate the results of various research studies carried out in the field of social and community psychology. The studies focus on efforts to build a culture of peace in post-conflict contexts and societies that have suffered collective and socio-political violence, with multiple and persistent human rights violations. Six studies on the psychosocial effects of transitional justice rituals from Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Basque country, Chile, and Ecuador compose this issue. This issue presents a series of results regarding the effects of reparation rituals and Truth Commissions, combining different methods and analysis strategies, including general population surveys, newspaper and social media content analysis, community intervention assessments and qualitative documentary analysis. Finally, two review books were included. First, a Peace Psychology Book that explores the implications and difficulties faced by societies that have experienced large-scale collective violence. Second, the problem of human rights violations and how to confront them, socio-political conflicts and the building of a culture of democracy and peace in Latin America are transversal axes of the chapters of this second book.


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How to Cite
Basabe, Nekane, and Darío Páez. 2021. “Collective Violence and the Culture of Peace: Researching the Social Psychology of Memory and Social Reconciliation: Introduction to the Monograph”. Deusto Journal of Human Rights, no. 8 (December), 11-16.