Building Peace in America
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The book is motivated by our continued recognition of systems of structural violence and injustice, which are linked to longstanding systems of racism, social marginalization, xenophobia, poverty, and inequality in all forms. These deeply rooted and structural conflicts in the U.S. have no easy solutions, and the destructive nature of today's conflicts in America threaten to impede efforts to build peace, promote justice, and inspire constructive social change. While conditions vary across the country and for different groups, and protests have generally remained peaceful thus far, the possibility of inter-group violence is not the only concern for the peacebuilding community; the violation of the civil and human rights of vulnerable groups, both minority communities as well as the very poor in general, also present serious threats both to American democracy and core conceptions of justice.
The primary objective of this volume is to illustrate an architecture for peace in the United States. The volume represents the first step in such a creation, with the potential for developing policy recommendations that foster pro-social values. We bring together a diverse group of scholars, conflict resolution practitioners, community peacebuilders, civil society leaders and faith leaders who are committed to pro-social change in America. Collectively, we will examine how best to deescalate the destructive public rhetoric, undermine the "us versus them" polarity, and support pro-social voices for positive change. Together, this volume will share experiences and perspectives on America's current situation, develop a vision for how we can collectively respond in our communities, campuses, and congregations, and catalyze future partnerships, collaboration, and action.
Forlag: Rowman & Littlefield
Format: 23 x 16 cm
Part 1: Framing our Conversation of Peacebuilding in the United States
Chapter 1: Peacebuilding Begins at Home: A Call to U.S. Peacebuilders, Bridget Moix
Chapter 2: Social Justice as Peacebuilding in Black Churches: Where Do We Go From Here? Beverly Janet Goins
Part 2: Doing Good (?): Dialogue, Difference, and Ethical Practice
Chapter 3: What Can They Be Thinking? Fostering Dialogue Across Divides, Melinda Burrell
Chapter 4: Living Room Conversations: Identity Formation and Democracy, Jessica Shryack, Linda Taylor, Beth Raps, and Joan Blades
Chapter 5: Peacebuilding Programs in the United States: First Do No Harm, Elizabeth Hume
Part 3: Social Spaces and Social Practices of Peacebuilding
Chapter 6: Museum Education and Social Justice in Latinx Communities, Michelle Tovar
Chapter 7: Service for Peace: Working with Students and Youth to Plant the Future, Eddah Mutua
Chapter 8: Environmental In/Justice: Peacebuilding in the Anthropocene, Emily Sample
Part 4: Confronting Direct and Structural Racial Violence: The Paths Forward
Chapter 9: From Heritage Politics to Hate: Neo-Confederate Novels and White Protectionism, Danielle Christmas
Chapter 10: Legacy of Slavery: A New Approach to Reparations, Sarah Federman
Chapter 11: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in Maryland: From Narrative Change to Racial Healing, Charles Chavis, Jr.
Chapter 12: Stop Trying to Fix Policing: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of Black Liberation, Tony Gaskew
Part 5: In the Spirit of Self Reflection: Discussions on Gender and Nation
Chapter 13: Empowered Women Empower Women: Peacebuilding in the Age of #MeToo, Shelly Clay-Robison, Melinda Burrell, Elizabeth Hume, Deena R. Hurwitz, Emily Sample and Kate E. Temoney
Chapter 14: "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Peacebuilding...": The Paradox of Order in the Shadow of Chaos, Patricia A. Maulden
Emily Sample is the Executive Director of the Genocide Prevention Program at George Mason University, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.