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20.11.2017, by Sibylle Classen in publication

Bar-Tal, D., Nets-Zehngut, R., & Sharvit, K. (Eds), (2017)
Self-censorship in contexts of conflict and peace: Theory and research. Cham, Switzerland: Springer


This groundbreaking volume explores the concept of self-censorship as it relates to individuals, organizations and societies and functions often as a obstacle to free flow of information. Defining self-censorship as "an act of intentionally and voluntarily withholding information from others in the absence of formal obstacles", the volume introduces self-censorship as one of the socio-psychological mechanisms that obstructs proper functioning of democratic societies and often serves as a barrier to peace-making . Moreover, it analyzes this socio-psychological phenomenon specifically in the context of intractable conflict, providing much evidence from Israel in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in addition to evidence from other case studies of conflicts and political violence worldwide.

Moving from the micro to the macro level, the collected chapters put the individual as the focal unit of psychological analysis while embedding the individual in multiple levels of context including families, organizations, and societies. Following a firm conceptual explanation of self-censorship, a selection of both emerging and prominent scholars describe the ways in which self-censorship factors into families, organizations, the educational system, academia, the military forces, the media, the culture, and the legal system. Finally, the volume concludes by looking at the ways in which harmful self-censorship in societies can be overcome, and explores the future of self-censorship research. In doing so, this volume solidifies self-censorship as an important phenomenon of social behavior with major individual and collective consequences, while stimulating exciting and significant new lines of research in the behavioral sciences.

Conceptually carving out a new area in social and political psychology, Self Censorship in Contexts of Conflict: Theory and Research will appeal to psychologists, sociologists, legal scholars, political scientists, education and media scholars, peace and conflict researchers as well as to practitioners, and all those with a wish to understand the personal and societal functioning of individuals in the real world.

Content Outline of the Book
Forward– Daniel Bar-Tal
Preface– Daniel Bar-Tal, Rafi Nets-Zehngut, and Keren Sharvit
Chapter 1-- Self-censorship: Conceptual Framework –Daniel Bar-Tal
Chapter 2-- Self-censorship in the Family: The Double-edged Sword of Family Secrets. — Alona Roded and Amiram Raviv
Chapter 3-- Self-censorships in organizations—Krystyna Adamska
Chapter 4 -- Self-censorships as a socio-psychological barrier to peacemaking. — Boaz Hameiri, Daniel Bar-Tal and Eran Halperin
Chapter 5-- Self-censorship of narratives of political violence: Four international case studies ---Rafi Nets-Zehngut and Sagi Elbaz
Chapter 6--Self-censorship of narratives of political violence in media-- Sagi Elbaz, Rafi Nets-Zehngut, Tamir Magal, and Guy Abutbul
Chapter 7--Self-censorship in the armed security forces --- Tamir Magal
Chapter 8--- Between solidarity and openness: Self-censorship in education—Soli Vered, Efrat Ambar, Shai Fuxman, Eman Nahhas Abu Hanna, and Daniel Bar-Tal
Chapter 9-- Self-censorship of narratives of political violence in the academia -- Rafi Nets-Zehngut and Shai Fuxman
Chapter 10 --Self-censorship in fiction texts–Yuval Benziman
Chapter 11-- Self-censorship in emerging democracies: A legal perspective - Ofer Shinar Levanon
Chapter 12 --Speaking out despite the fear of harm to the self or the group--- Ruthi Pliskin, Amit Goldenberg, and Daniel Bar-Tal
Chapter 13---Self-censorship: Conclusion ---- Keren Sharvit