Education, Conflict and Development
Editor: Julia Paulson
Publisher: Continuum International Pub. Group
Call Number: JZ5534 .E39 2011
Under various names – education and conflict, education and fragility, education and insecurity, etc – the understanding of linkages between education and violent conflict has emerged as an important and pressing area of inquiry. Work and research by practitioners and scholars has clearly pointed to the negative potential of education to contribute to and entrench violent conflict. This work has highlighted the struggle for education during and following periods of instability and demonstrated the degree to which communities affected by conflict prioritize educational opportunities. It has also offered powerful normative arguments for the importance of quality education for peacebuilding, reconciliation, postconflict reconstruction and development.
In many instances, however, these important insights are derived less from rigorous research and scholarship in the social sciences than from the delivery and evaluation of educational programming in situations affected by conflict. This volume, therefore, seeks to broaden enquiry into education and conflict by exploring, through conceptual and empirical work, its linkages to broader theories and practices of development and peacebuilding. The volume begins with a conceptual and theoretical section, followed by a series of international case studies, before closing with three chapters focused on the case of Northern Uganda. Contributors present a diverse set of studies that together deepen understandings of the ways the education functions in various situations affected by conflict and the ways in which it might best be mobilized to contribute towards peacebuilding and development.
Julia Paulson is a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and a part-time lecturer at Bath Spa University. Her research focuses on post-conflict educational policy making, transitional justice and reconciliation. She is editor of Education and Reconciliation: exploring conflict and post-conflict situations to be published by Continuum in 2011, and General Editor of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Working Papers Series. Julia has worked as a consultant with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, the International Center for Transitional Justice, UNICEF and UNESCO.
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