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Reconciliation and Pedagogy

Edited by Pal Ahluwalia, Stephen Atkinson, Peter Bishop, Pam Christie, Robert Hattam, Julie Matthews

© 2012 – Routledge

206 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Reconciliation is one of the most significant contemporary challenges in the world today. In this innovative new volume, educational academics and practitioners across a range of cultural and political contexts examine the links between reconciliation and critical pedagogy, putting forward the notion that reconciliation projects should be regarded as public pedagogical interventions, with much to offer to wider theories of learning.

While ideas about reconciliation are proliferating, few scholarly accounts have focused on its pedagogies. This book seeks to develop a generative theory that properly maps reconciliation processes and works out the pedagogical dimensions of new modes of narrating and listening, and effecting social change. The contributors build conceptual bridges between the scholarship of reconciliation studies and existing education and pedagogical literature, bringing together the concepts of reconciliation and pedagogy into a dialogical encounter and evaluating how each might be of mutual benefit to the other, theoretically and practically.

This study covers a broad range of territory including ethnographic accounts of reconciliation efforts, practical implications of reconciliation matters for curricula and pedagogy in schools and universities and theoretical and philosophical considerations of reconciliation/pedagogy. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of peace and reconciliation studies, educational studies and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Rethinking reconciliation and pedagogy in unsettling times Robert Hattam, Stephen Atkinson and Peter Bishop 2. Reconciliation as a resource for critical pedagogy Robert Hattam and Julie Matthews 3. Beyond reconciliation: reflections on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its implications for ethical pedagogy Pam Christie 4. Suffering, memory and forgiveness: Derrida, Levinas and the pedagogical challenges of reconciliation in Cyprus Michalinos Zembylas 5. ‘Walking the talk’: East–West reflections on the wisdom of remembrance, forgiveness, forgetting and a ‘good enough’ reconciliation pedagogy Claudia Eppert 6. Disorderly narratives public pedagogies, popular culture and reconciliation Vicki Crowley 7. In the market for reconciliation? Donna Houston, Gregory Martin and Peter McLaren 8. The reconciliatory pendulum: memory, ceremonies and pedagogy in the development of Palestinian-Jewish integrated education in Israel Zvi Bekerman 9. Growing understanding: issues in mainstream education in Indigenous and traditional communities Zane Ma Rhea 10. Reconciliation pedagogy in South African classrooms: from the personal to the political Ana Ferreira, Hilary Janks, Ingrid Barnsley, Charles Marriott, Monique Rudman, Helen Ludlow, Reville Nussey

About the Series

Postcolonial Politics

‘Postcolonial Politics’ is a series that publishes books that lie at the intersection of politics and postcolonial theory. That point of intersection once barely existed; its recent emergence is enabled, first, because a new form of ‘politics’ is beginning to make its appearance. Intellectual concerns that began life as a (yet unnamed) set of theoretical interventions from scholars largely working within the ‘New Humanities’ have now begun to migrate into the realm of politics. The result is politics with a difference, with a concern for the everyday, the ephemeral, the serendipitous and the unworldly. Second, postcolonial theory has raised a new set of concerns in relation to understandings of the non-West. At first these concerns and these questions found their home in literary studies, but they were also, always, political. Edward Said’s binary of ‘Europe and its other’ introduced us to a ‘style of thought’ that was as much political as it was cultural as much about the politics of knowledge as the production of knowledge, and as much about life on the street as about a philosophy of being, A new, broader and more reflexive understanding of politics, and a new style of thinking about the non-Western world, make it possible to ‘think’ politics through postcolonial theory, and to ‘do’ postcolonial theory in a fashion which picks up on its political implications.

Postcolonial Politics attempts to pick up on these myriad trails and disruptive practices. The series aims to help us read culture politically, read ‘difference’ concretely, and to problematise our ideas of the modern, the rational and the scientific by working at the margins of a knowledge system that is still logocentric and Eurocentric. This is where a postcolonial politics hopes to offer new and fresh visions of both the postcolonial and the political.

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