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Peace Education in a Conflict-Affected Society
An Ethnographic Journey


  • Date Published: May 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107057456

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  • Peace education initiatives have been subject to heated public debate and so far the complexities involved have not been fully understood. This multilayered analysis examines how teachers negotiate ideological, pedagogical and emotional challenges in their attempts to enact a peace education policy. Focusing primarily on the case study of conflict-affected Cyprus, Michalinos Zembylas, Constadina Charalambous and Panayiota Charalambous situate the Cypriot case within wider theoretical and methodological debates in the field and explore the implications of their findings for theory and practice. Building on current anthropological approaches, the authors use insights from policy studies and sociolinguistics to examine peace education agendas and the ways these are shaped by the dynamics of local politics and classroom practices. This study will be valuable reading for researchers of peace and policy studies as well as for practitioners and policy makers involved in introducing peace education initiatives that challenge teachers' long-held beliefs.

    • Provides an extensive overview of the life cycle of a peace education policy
    • Offers a robust analytical framework for examining the multilayered challenges teachers face when asked to implement peace education agendas in their classrooms
    • Explains how peace education, despite good intentions, may often reinforce ethnic and cultural boundaries with potentially significant consequences for students from diverse ethnic, cultural or religious backgrounds
    • Enriches current anthropological approaches to peace education with insights from policy studies and linguistic ethnography
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    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107057456
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Setting the Scene: Theory, Methodology and Context:
    1. Conceptualizing 'peace education' in conflict-affected societies
    2. Designing a peace education research project
    3. The emergence of the new peace initiative in the context of Greek-Cypriot education policy
    Part II. Teachers' Responses to a Peace Education Initiative:
    4. Teachers' interpretations of the transition to the new policy initiative
    5. Teachers' stances and repertoires towards reconciliation
    6. Teachers' difficulties and emotions towards the new policy initiative
    Part III. Mapping Teachers' Practices in a Changing Context:
    7. The schooling of emotion and memory in classroom interaction
    8. Talking about peace and conflict in a (super)diverse classroom
    Part IV. The Impact of Teacher Training Workshops:
    9. Handling teachers' discomfort during peace education workshops
    10. Doing 'leftist propaganda' or working towards peace? Responding to teachers' resistance
    11. Moving towards critical ambivalence: enduring reservations and signs of change

  • Authors

    Michalinos Zembylas, Open University of Cyprus
    Michalinos Zembylas is Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies at the Open University of Cyprus. He is also Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of the Free State, South Africa.

    Constadina Charalambous, European University Cyprus
    Constadina Charalambous is a Lecturer of Language Education and Literacy at the European University of Cyprus.

    Panayiota Charalambous, European University Cyprus
    Panayiota Charalambous is a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London and a collaborating tutor at the European University of Cyprus.

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