Emotion and Traumatic Conflict: Reclaiming Healing in Education by Michalinos Zembylas

Emotion and Traumatic Conflict: Reclaiming Healing in Education

byMichalinos Zembylas

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Do the emotional responses of students and to traumatic conflict constitute insurmountable obstacles in peace education efforts? How do hegemonic narratives shape the emotions of ethnic identity and collective memory, and what can be done pedagogically to transform the powerful influence ofsuch narratives and emotions? Can peace education efforts that foreground emotion in critical ways become a productive pedagogical intervention in conflicted societies? Emotion and Traumatic Conflict takes us through an ethnographic journey into a specific site of conflict to show how emotions areentangled with educational efforts towards peacebuilding, healing, and reconciliation. While sociologists, anthropologists, historians, and political scientists have long analyzed the emotional dynamics of conflict and peace, rarely have educators looked into the emotional complexities of traumatic conflict, the impact of emotion in everyday school interactions and pedagogicalpractices, and the consequences of the role of emotion in what has become known as "critical peace education." This book not only offers an analysis of the emotional consequences of traumatic conflict in schools, it also develops an innovative, compelling, and cross-disciplinary perspective on theentanglement of emotion, power, politics, trauma, healing, and critical education. The book provides a detailed ethnographic analysis of the ideological appropriation of emotions of conflict in schools, yet it pushes boundaries further through a theorization of the consequences of this appropriationand the pedagogical interventions required to challenge, undermine, or subvert this process. Zembylas argues that these pedagogical interventions, rooted in both psychoanalytic and socio-political perspectives of trauma and emotion, ought to engage emotions as critical and transformative forces inpeace education. Grounded in recent literature on affect and emotion that spans the social sciences, Zembylas's analysis of the emotions of traumatic conflict in education offers a provocative proposal for the role of critical peace education in healing and reconciliation.

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Michalinos Zembylas is Associate Professor of Education at the Open University of Cyprus. His research interests are in the areas of educational philosophy and curriculum theory, and his work focuses on exploring the role of emotion and affect in curriculum and pedagogy. He is particularly interested in how affective politics intersect...
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Title:Emotion and Traumatic Conflict: Reclaiming Healing in EducationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:August 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsPermissionsPart I: Introduction and Theoretical Positioning1. Introduction2. Theoretical PositioningPart II: The Emotional Spaces of Racism and Nationalism in Schools3. Investigating the Emotional Geographies of Exclusion4. The Politics of Resentment in School Emotional Spaces5. Children's Constructions and Experiences of Racism and Nationalism6. Teachers' Constructions of Otherized Children's IdentitiesPart III: The Emotional Complexities of Traumatic Conflict: Openings and Closures7. Negotiating Coexistence at a Shared School8. Pedagogic Struggles to Enhance Inclusion and Reconciliation9. The Vicissitudes of Teaching About/for EmpathyPart IV: Emotional Tensions and Critical Responses to Peace Education Efforts10. Refugees, Emotions, and Critical Peace Education11. Emotional Tensions of Toleration and Coexistence12. Emotional Dilemmas of Human Rights Education in the Context of Peace Education Efforts13. Toward Critical Pedagogies of Compassion and Shared Fate14. Reclaiming Nostalgia15. Epilogue: An Agonistics for HealingReferencesIndex