Positive Peace

Reflections on Peace Education, Nonviolence, and Social Change


Positive Peace is a scholarly and creative compilation of articles on peace education, nonviolence and social change. Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) sets the scene in his introduction with the challenge that positive peace is both a resisting of the physical violence of war and the passive violence of the psychological structures that lead to conflict. Peace education rises to meet that challenge. In twelve chapters, philosophers and educators look at a variety of topics from Gandhian nonviolence, to pragmatic conflict solving; hope and the ethics of belief, to the way we use violent language; mothering and peace activism, to multiculturalism and peace. Recurring themes are: pragmatic nonviolence, the ethics of care as an antidote to violence, and hope in a violent world. Chapters on the use of film in peace education, song and nonviolent activism, and teaching art history and peace, demonstrate pragmatic possibilities for would-be peace educators. Arun Gandhi in his introduction asks, “For generations human beings have strived to attain peace, but with little or no success. … Why is peace so illusive? Is it unattainable? Are humans incapable of living in peace?” This book suggests that peace education has a large part to play. It is an important attempt to begin to meet the challenge.
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Table of contents

Andrew Fitz-Gibbon: Preface
William C. Gay: Editorial Foreword
Arun Gandhi: Guest Foreword
Richard Werner: Hope and the Ethics of Belief
Robert L. Muhlnickel: The Vulnerability Thesis and the Peacemaking Virtues
Sanjay Lal: Gandhian Nonviolence as Not Presupposing Human Goodness
William C. Gay: Nonviolent Rhetoric in Geopolitics
Joseph Betz: Will Kymlicka as Peacemaker
Anna Lübbe: Systemic Constellations and Their Potential in Peace Work
Joseph Rayle: Peace Education: A Systemic Framework
Paul J. Parks: Building Bridges to Peace: Teaching Tolerance through the History of Art
Dennis Rothermel: Anti-War War Films
Colleen Kattau: The Power of Song for Nonviolent Transformative Action
Danielle Poe: Woman, Mother, and Nonviolent Activism
Katina Sayers-Walker: The Blue Guitar, Blue Frog, and the Blues
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