New book – “Peace and Justice Studies: Critical Pedagogy”

Edited by: Margaret Groarke & Emily Welty
Publisher: Routledge
Paperback: $39.95 / Hardcover: $150.00
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This book explores the interdisciplinary, multi-method arena of peace studies and shows students and professors how the field has evolved. It is dedicated to bringing students face to face with the grave injustices and violence in the contemporary world, and equipping them with the tools to work for transformational change. Taking a critical perspective, activist authors probe contested terrain including teaching social justice from a place of privilege, decolonializing pedagogies, experiential approaches to global citizenship, and community organizing. Black, LGBT, and environmental perspectives are represented. Games and simulations, storytelling, experiential integrated learning, and critical thinking approaches are employed. The book concludes with a reflection on the place of Peace and Justice Studies in academia, and raises provocative questions about the direction of pedagogy and research in the field.

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

About the Editors

Margaret Groarke is Associate Professor of Government 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 Political Science, 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).


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