In 1999 the UN instituted the Program of Action on a Culture of Peace, leading to the Declaration of the International Decade for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World 2001-2010. This represented a paradigm shift away from the prevailing conceptualization of peace as ‘the absence of war’ to one of ‘creating cultures of peace’, and indicated a significant opening for peace educators and the expansion of their mission and field in peace research and scholarship.
This book seeks to address several questions about the emergence, present state, and future of the field of peace education, and to ground the definition of the discipline in its origins – origins deeply set in informal grassroots movements of concerned citizens, faith-based communities, and professional organizations who work for peace, as well as those working in formal institutions. These origins are vital in imparting identity, and in nurturing the current growing collective consciousness that combines the academic discipline and the worldwide peace movement – a collective that can unify, fuel, and inspire dialogue among scholars, researchers, activists, educators, government leaders, and the myriad of individuals committed to creating cultures of peace throughout the world. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Peace Education.
Introduction – Peace education: past, present, and future B. Jeannie Lum
1. ‘Duck and cover’: the evolution of peace education at the beginning of the nuclear age Ian M. Harris and Charles F. Howlett
2. Building a global community for a culture of peace: the Hague appeal for peace global campaign for peace education (1999-2006) Werner Wintersteiner
3. Peace education: an impact assessment of a case study of UNESCO-APCEIU and the university for peace Kevin Kester
4. The transformative imperative: the National Peace Academy as an emergent framework for comprehensive peace education Tony Jenkins
5. Peace education in the present: dismantling and reconstructing some fundamental theoretical premises Michalinos Zembylas and Zvi Bekerman
6. Education for a culture of peace: the culture of peace news network as a case study David Adams
7. Toward a critical peace education for sustainability Edward J. Brantmeier
8. Changing consciousness: autoethnographic mapping in a dialog group Tamar Hagera and Rela Mazali
9. An education in homecoming: peace education as the pursuit of ‘appropriate knowledge’ Rhys Kelly and Ute Kelly
10. Daisaku Ikeda’s philosophy of peace, education proposals, and Soka education: convergences and divergences in peace education Jason Goulah and Olivier Urbain
11. Conference report: PEC at the 24th Conference of the International Peace Research Conference Swee-Hin Toh
12. Commentary B. Jeannie Lum