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Introduction: Theory, Research and Praxis of Peace Education, Monisha Bajaj (University of San Francisco, USA) and Maria Hantzopoulos (Vassar College, USA) Part I: Educating for Peace in Conflict and Post-Traumatic Contexts 1. Emotion, Trauma and Critical Pedagogy: Implications for Critical Peace Education, Michalinos Zembylas (Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus) 2. Building Peace: The Opportunities and Limitations of Educational Interventions in Countries with Identity-Based Conflicts, Karen Murphy (Facing History and Ourselves, USA), Sean Pettis (Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland) and Dylan Wray (Shikaya, South Africa) 3. Experimenting with Integrated Peace Education: Critical Perspectives in the Israeli Context, Zvi Bekerman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) Part II: National Landscapes for Peacebuilding and Education 4. Peace Education and Peacebuilding Across the Conflict Continuum: Insights from Lebanon, Zeena Zakharia (University of Massachusetts, USA) 5. Peace Education in Crisis Settings: Insights and Lessons Learned from Kenya, Mary Mendenhall and Nivedita Chopra (Columbia University, USA) 6. In the Gaze of Gandhi: Peace Education in Contemporary India, Monisha Bajaj (University of San Francisco, USA) Part III: Navigating Structures of Violence 7. Uncertainty, fluidity and occupying spaces in-between: Peace education practices in Mindanao, the Philippines, Lindsey Horner (University of Sussex, UK) 8. Lingering Colonialities as Blockades to Peace Education: School Violence in Trinidad, Hakim Williams (Gettysburg College, USA) 9. Teachers as Agents of Peace: The Role of Educators in Interrupting Youth Involvement in Urban Violence in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Maria Jose Bermeo (Columbia University, USA) Part IV: Peace by Piece: Approaches and Models for Peace Education 10. Beyond American Exceptionalism: Centering Critical Peace Education in US School Reform, Maria Hantzopoulos (Vassar College, USA) 11. Nurturing and Growing the `Ceeds' of Peace: A Peacebuilding Model for Educators, Maya Soetoro-Ng (University of Hawai'i, USA) and Kerrie Urosevich (University of Hawai'i, USA) 12. Promoting Peace through Children's Media: The Case of Sesame Workshop, Mathangi Subramanian (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, India), June Lee (Sesame Workshop, USA) Lilith Dollard (Sesame Workshop, USA) and Zainab Kabba (Oxford University, UK) Conclusion: Critical Directions for Peace Education, Maria Hantzopoulos (Vassar College, USA) and Monisha Bajaj (University of San Francisco, USA)

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Leading scholars and practitioners from across the globe address the current challenges of peace education.

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Monisha Bajaj is Associate Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, USA, where she directs the Human Rights Education MA. She is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Peace Education (2008) and author of Schooling for Social Change (2012), winner of the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). Maria Hantzopoulos is Associate Professor of Education at Vassar College, USA, where she is the coordinator of the Adolescent Education Certification Program. She is co-editor, with Alia Tyner-Mullings, of Critical Small Schools (2012).


This collection of essays and qualitative case studies provides an excellent introduction to the field of peace education in general and the idea and practice of critical peace education in particular. It offers the reader an international, comparative and grounded insight into the foundational questions of peace education as it is conceptualized and implemented in diverse contexts around the world, especially within conflict and post-conflict societies. It is one of the finest volumes on critical peace education available. It will be ideal for general and introductory courses in peace education. The book deserves a wide readership. * Dale T. Snauwaert, Professor of Philosophy of Education and Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Peace Education, The University of Toledo, USA *
Today, when profound conflicts continue to spread globally, no book could be more timely than this important new title about peace education and the latest developments in theory and practice. In each of the richly nuanced and localized studies, Hantzopoulos, Bajaj and colleagues showcase the potential to transform individual and collective lives when peace education, in all its variations, centers a critical and justice orientation to teaching and learning. With this book we are presented with indispensable conceptual and pedagogical tools, and for a better tomorrow we are called upon to act. * Kevin Kumashiro, Dean and Professor, School of Education, University of San Francisco, USA *
This well written book gives us a view of attempts to enliven peace education all over the world. It will be of particular interest to those concerned with the contributions of critical theory to peacemaking. * Nel Noddings, Lee Jacks Professor of Education Emerita, Stanford University, USA *
The theoretical and practice-oriented essays constitute a much need guidebook for those of us wanting more understanding, trying to "connect the dots" of seemingly unconnected particulars, and engaging in one kind of "peace work" or another. Peace Education: International Perspectives is impactful, comforting and inspiring, and much needed for the times! * Margo Okazawa-Rey, Professor Fielding Graduate University and Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University, USA *
Peace Education: International Perspectives offers a thought-provoking and nuanced alternative to the often-oversimplified macro-institutional approaches to peace education. Editors of and contributors to the volume ask us to imagine human(ist) potentialities for the possibility of sustainable peace. With piquant analysis of contemporary issues in the field they also urge us to interrogate the entrenched Eurocentric normative frameworks in order to grapple with complex questions related to the intertwined dynamics of violence and peace at micro as well as macro levels. Coupling theoretical visions with practical insights, this volume will be a vital resource for students and teachers of peace education. * M. Ayaz Naseem, Professor of Education, Concordia University, Canada and First Georg Arnhold Research Professor of Educating for Sustainable Peace, Georg Eckert Institute, Germany *

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