Cultivating Peace: Contexts, Practices and Multidimensional Models
Cultivating Peace: Contexts, Practices and Multidimensional Models moves away from negative connotations associated with the concept of post-conflict peacebuilding. It embraces a multiplicity of trans-disciplinary approaches to peacebuilding, mostly coinciding with the eco-horticultural metaphor of peace cultivation. Ultimately, the idea of cultivating peace embodies love and compassion, while utilising local knowledge, expertise and wisdom to do no harm. Using various case studies from across the world, the narratives and insights in this book present diverse facets of peacebuilding, yet all contribute constructive lessons. The chapters cover three general themes. Some examine the structural and discursive causes of violence and how to improve situations where violence is evident, or to prevent it from breaking out. Others deal with the aftermath of violence and how to reconcile and restore shattered lives and societies. The third group deals with positive social change by nonviolent means, which is much more constructive than the “negative peace” of ceasefires and peace enforcement used to manage direct violence. Promoting the ideal of peace cultivation, this volume emphasises ways to improve things, to suggest alternatives, and to employ initiatives to plant and grow positive changes both during the fighting and in the aftermath of violent conflicts.
Helen Ware is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of New England, Australia. Originally a demographer working across Africa, she has a long-standing career both in teaching and research in the areas of peacebuilding, rebuilding failed states, infant mortality, and human rights and refugee issues, and has published extensively in these areas. She has an established track record of supervising successful PhD students from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific Islands. Prior to her return to academia, Professor Ware was Director of Research for the Australian Human Rights Commission, oversaw Australian aid to the Pacific, and was Australian High Commissioner to Zambia, Malawi and Angola.
Dr Bertram Jenkins is Convenor of Peace Studies and Higher Degree Research Coordinator in the School of Humanities at the University of New England, Australia. He teaches and researches in the areas of peace and conflict. His research interests include peacebuilding, ecology and peace education.
Dr Marty Branagan is an artist, activist and Lecturer in Peace Studies at the University of New England, Australia. His previous books include Global Warming, Militarism and Nonviolence: The Art of Active Resistance (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) and We Shall Never Be Moved: The Art of Australian Nonviolence (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2008).
DB Subedi has recently submitted his PhD thesis in Peace Studies at the University of New England, Australia. His research interests include disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), post-conflict security and violence, post-conflict recovery, conflict sensitivity, migration and displacement, and business and peace.
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