This book explores the interdisciplinary arena of peace studies and shows how the field has evolved and continues to grow and change. Dedicated to bringing students face to face with the grave injustices and violence in the contemporary world, it equips them with the tools to work for transformational change. Informed by an intersectional perspective, scholar-activist authors probe contested terrain, including teaching social justice from a place of privilege, decolonializing pedagogies, and community organizing. Games and simulations, storytelling, experiential integrated learning, and other pedagogical approaches are employed to encourage critical thinking, empathy, optimism, and activism.
Table of Contents
Introduction Margaret Groarke and Emily Welty
Part I Intersectional Identities and Peace and Justice Studies
Chapter 1 Creative Discomfort: Dilemmas of Teaching Toward Social Justice Joy A. Meeker
Chapter 2 The Tyranny of Good Intentions: Critical Reflexivity and Peace and Justice Pedagogy Emily Welty
Chapter 3 Queer Possibilities in Peace and Justice Studies Geoffrey W. Bateman
Part II Experiential Learning in Peace and Justice Studies
Chapter 4 Teaching Peace – Experientially Edmund Pries
Chapter 5 Simulating Reality: A Necessary Path to Critical Thinking and Perspectives Among Students Amal I. Khoury
Chapter 6 Learning Justice in the Streets: Community Organizing and Peace and Justice Studies Margaret Groarke
Part III The Power of Story in the Peace and Justice Studies Classroom
Chapter 7 If These are Our Values, then What is Our Practice?: #BlackLivesMatter and an American Apocalypse G. Michelle Collins-Sibley
Chapter 8 Storytelling as Peace Pedagogy in Higher Education Amanda Smith Byron
Chapter 9 Toward a Pedagogy of Radical Love Karen Lynn Ridd
Part IV Pedagogies of Hope and Resistance
Chapter 10 Hope and Critical Thinking: The Challenges and Opportunities of Peace Education Randy Janzen
Chapter 11 The Peace Professor: Decolonial, Feminist, and Queer Futurities Sara Shroff
Chapter 12 An Irritant in the Academic Body: The Place of Peace and Justice Studies in the Modern University Mark Lance
Conclusion Emily Welty
Margaret Groarke is Associate Professor of Political Science at Manhattan College. She was Director of Peace Studies there for 11 years, and Co-Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association for 4 years. She is co-author, with Frances Fox Piven and Lorraine C. Minnite, of Keeping Down the Black Vote (New Press, 2009), and articles on community organizing and American electoral politics.
Emily Welty is Director of Peace and Justice Studies, and Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, at Pace University. Her previous publications include Occupying Political Science: Occupy Wall Street from New York City to the World (Palgrave, 2013) and Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East (United States Institute of Peace, 2007).