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Overcoming EvilGenocide, Violent Conflict, and Terrorism$
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Ervin Staub

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195382044

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382044.001.0001

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Generating Constructive Action by Leaders and Citizens, Creating Structures for Prevention

Generating Constructive Action by Leaders and Citizens, Creating Structures for Prevention

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(p.406) 18 Generating Constructive Action by Leaders and Citizens, Creating Structures for Prevention
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Overcoming Evil
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Ervin Staub

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382044.003.0018

This chapter discusses the role of constructive leaders in preventing violence. Constructive leaders have characteristics such as cognitive complexity, seeing the humanity even of the enemy, and empathy. The training of leaders at varied levels, of citizens, and the media can all develop the sociopsychological conditions that contribute to constructive leadership, active bystandership, effective interaction with members of the other group, and the building of institutions that help prevent and promote reconciliation.

Keywords:   cognitive complexity, empathy, prevention, constructive leaders, peacemakers, bystanders, reconciuation

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