The invasion and occupation of Iraq by US and UK forces in March 2003 set in motion a global chain of events, from the growth of terrorist networks to the curtailment of civil liberties, from which the dust has yet to settle. The war in Iraq—seen as part of the wider ‘War on Terror’ is perhaps a watershed for the discipline of Psychology, posing uncomfortable questions for the psychological community regarding the stance adopted towards the powerful and the privileged.
This book utilises the invasion of Iraq and the ‘War on Terror’ to explore perspectives on peace, conflict and protest to deconstruct the psychological and cultural processes which support the normalisation of imperial wars. It calls for a more socially responsible psychology in the 21st century, unshackled from state interests, one which places human rights firmly at its centre. This book should appeal to lay people and readers from a wide variety of social science backgrounds – including psychology, history and international relations.
1. The Complicity of Psychology in the Security State David Harper
2. British Psychology’s Response to the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq Ron Roberts
3. The War on Terror: The road from Belmarsh to Guantánamo Bay Ian Robbins
4. Torture, Psychology and the ‘War on Terror’: A human rights framework Nimisha Patel
5. The Psychology of Anti-War Activism: 1. The British anti-war movement John Sloboda and Brian Doherty
6. The Psychology of Anti-War Activism: 2. Building an enduring anti-war movement John Sloboda and Brian Doherty
7. Relational Psychology in the War Speeches of Bush and Blair: Beyond ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ Steve Potter and Julie Lloyd
8. Power, Illusion and Control: Families, states and conflict Ron Roberts
9. Children and War: Making sense of Iraq Ron Roberts, Majda Becirevic and Harriet Tenenbaum
10. Sleepwalking into Totalitarianism: Democracy, Centre Politics and Terror Ron Roberts
11. Deconstructing Terrorism: Politics, Language and Social Representation Chris Hewer and Wendy Taylor
12. A Psychology for Peace? John Sloboda, Ron Roberts and David Harper
Three essays in this book are particularly important: one on terrorism, another on the psychological effect of torture, and one that explores how a society might move from a civil democracy to a totalitarian state without protest or recognition, 'sleep-walking into totalitarianism' … timely contributions to the circumstances in which we find ourselves at the beginning of the twenty-first century. They are a call for our times … Rev. Thaddeus Birchard, Psychotherapist. Church Times, 2008.