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Peace and Power: New Directions for Building Community, Eighth Edition

Author(s): Peggy L. Chinn, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut, Connecticut
  • ISBN-13: 9781449645557
  • Paperback    146 pages      © 2013
Price: $59.95 US List
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Based on her experiences in classrooms, committees, and workshops, author and nurse educator Peggy Chinn illustrates how every participant in a group can be valued as a leader in Peace and Power: New Directions for Building Community, Eighth Edition. This text is the essential hands-on guide for developing cooperative group processes and overcoming the habits of exclusionary group interactions. A perfect resource for faculty, community groups, committees, and others seeking to promote greater integrity and cooperation in their groups and organizations!

  • Proposes how to create group interactions using a more equitable model and advocates reasons for doing so
  • Shows how to build meaningful relationships through a nurturing and empowering leadership method
  • Illustrates how every person can be powerful and contribute to a group in ways that are often overlooked when the group depends on one engaging leader
  • Inspires ways of incorporating peaceful value into work, home, and community

Features & Benefits

  • Compares familiar traditional values of hierarchical institutions and groups and explains modern values for community building
  • Provides an introduction to each chapter that highlights the values upon which the chapter builds
  • Highlights key elements of group interaction that promote greater group integrity and cooperation


Applicable Courses

This book is a perfect supplement for courses such as:

  • Community Health Nursing
  • Nursing Administration       
  • Nurse Education
  • Leadership and Management

This book will also be of interest of instructors interested in:

  • Nurse Education
  • Family Nursing
  • Transformational Nursing
  • Student-based Learning and Problem-based Learning
  • Grassroots Community Activism
  • Education
  • Women’s Studies
  • American Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Social Sciences
  Chapter  1  Getting Ready
  Chapter  2  Peace
  Chapter  3  Power
  Chapter  4  Making the Commitment
  Chapter  5  Principles of Solidarity
  Chapter  6  Peace and Power Processes
  Chapter  7  Rotating Leadership and Responsibility
  Chapter  8  Peace and Power Decision-Building
  Chapter  9  Closing
  Chapter  10  Conflict Transformation
  Chapter  11  Period Pieces
  Chapter  12  Classrooms, Committees, and Institutional Constraints

Peggy L. Chinn, PhD, RN, FAAN-Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut, Connecticut

Peggy L. Chinn, RN, PhD, FAAN is Professor Emerita of Nursing at the University of Connecticut. Her BS in nursing is from the University of Hawaii, and Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Utah. She is the founding Editor of Advances in Nursing Science, which since 1978 has been a premier journal publishing cutting-edge scholarship in nursing. She authors books and journal articles on nursing theory, feminism and nursing, the art of nursing, and nursing education. She has been involved in community organizations and projects throughout her adult life, focusing on services for women and support for women’s arts. Her current focus for activism is the Nurse Manifest Project, a web-based project ( to inspire grass-roots action by nurses to shape the future of nursing and health care.

Her book, Peace and Power: Building Communities for the Future has been used internationally by women's peace groups, nursing groups, hospital committees, church and community groups to foster their growth towards cooperative, egalitarian ways of working together.


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