Peacebuilding for Adolescents
Strategies for Educators and Community Leaders

Edited by Linda Forcey and Ian M. Harris

Relying largely on the work of peace and conflict-resolution scholars from many disciplines, Peacebuilding for Adolescents presents proactive strategies for educators and community leaders.  In order to deter adolescent violence, educators have been responding to increasing levels of school violence by severely punishing aggressive children, and politicians have been clamoring for tougher criminal justice measures to deter youth from crime.  The authors in this book argue, instead, for humane response by teaching young people to value peace, to learn to manage their own conflicts, and to live more peacefully.  They take a broad view that ranges over three strategic levels of analysis-personal, school, and community.  They argue for the promotion of a culture of nonviolence in the schools to help create what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the beloved community.

Linda Rennie Forcey, Professor Emerita of Human Development and Women's Studies at Binghamton University, focuses her research on the intersection of peace studies and feminist theorizing.  She has written, edited, and coedited a number of books and journal articles related to women and peace, including Mothers of Sons and Peace:   Meaning, Politics, and Strategies.

Ian M. Harris, Ed. D., is Professor of Educational Policy and Community Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he directs a peace studies program.  Since 1985 he has taught Peace Education.  He is Executive Secretary of the Peace Education Commission of the International Peace Research Association and the author of Peace Education.

What scholars are saying about:

Peacebuilding for Adolescents
Edited by Linda Lee Forcey and Ian M. Harris

Peacebuilding for Adolescents presents a comprehensive view of the roots of youth violence while inspiring the reader to think about, teach, and implement helpful skills.   Through essays from peace scholars of many disciplines, this guide offers practical models and strategies at the personal, school, and community level.  A must-read book for those who are actively engaged in promoting a just and sustainable future and believe, as Gandhi did, that "it is possible to live in peace".
-Linda Lantieri, National Director, Resolving Conflict Creatively Program, Educators for Social Responsibility

"The use of violence in response to violence represents a drastic oversimplification of the realities of the highly diverse, conflicted yet interconnected world in which we live, and nowhere is it more urgent to deal with that oversimplification than for the youth in our schools.  This highly readable and hands-on-set of essays presents the very substantial knowledge and experience about the creative use of nonviolent peace building strategies in school and  community developed by educators and conflict specialists who have worked in the midst of social turbulence.  Administrators, teachers, youth workers, and the very families resident in school neighborhoods, will all find that this is a book they can use.  It is a must-read for all who plan to participate in theUN Year of Education for Nonviolence and a Culture of Peace proposed for the year 2000."
-Elise  Boulding, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Dartmouth College

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Part I Confronting Violence 15
Chapter 2 Dr. King's Giant Triplets:  Racism, Materialism, and Militarism 17
Nathan Rousseau and Sonya Rousseau

Chapter 3 Countering School Violence:  The Rise of Conflict Resolution Programs 35
Molly K. Pont-Brown and John D. Krumboltz

Chapter 4 Redefining School Violence in Boulder Valley Colorado 57
Matthew W. Greene

Part II Classroom Strategies for Peacebuilding 89
Chapter 5 Peace and Conflict Curricula for Adolescents 91
Linden L. Nelson, Michael R. Van Slyck, and Lucille A. Cardella

Chapter 6 The Speak Your Piece Project:  Exploring Controversial Issues in
Northern Ireland 119
Alan McCully, Marian O'Doherty, and Paul Smyth

Chapter 7 How Can Caring Help?  A Personalized Cross-Generational Examination
of Violent Adolescent Experiences in Schools 139
Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon

Chapter 8 Adventure-Based Learning in the Name of Peace 161
Nadja M. Alexander and Teresa B. Carlson

Part III School Strategies for Peacebuilding 175
Chapter 9 A Developmental Approach to the Use of Conflict Resolution
Interventions with Adolescents 177
Michael Van Slyck and Marilyn Stern

Chapter 10 Nonviolent Interventions in Secondary Schools:  Administrative
Perspectives 195
Robert C. DiGiulio

Chapter 11 Integrating a Multicultural Peacebuilding Strategy into a
Literacy Curriculum 213
Rebecca Wasson, Rebecca Anderson, and Melanie Suriani

Chapter 12 Disturbing the Peace: Multicultural Education, Transgressive
Teaching, and Independent School Culture 227
Peter Adam Nash

Part IV School of Community 237
Chapter 13 Stop the Violence: Conflict Management in an Inner-City Junior High
School through Action Research and Community Problem Solving 239
Arjen E. J. Wals

Chapter 14 Special Needs, Special Measures: Working with Homeless and
Poor Youth 263
Dé Bryant, Jennifer Hanis, and Charles Stoner

Chapter 15 Community-Based Service: Re-Creating the Beloved Community 289
Bonnie Winfield

Chapter 16 A Summer Institute on Nonviolence 309
Ian Murray Harris

Appendix A 331

Appendix B 341

Appendix C 343

List of Contributors 345

Index 353

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