Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation

The field of peace and conflict studies is rich in secular and faith traditions. At the same time, as a relatively new and interdisciplinary field, it is ripe with innovation. This volume, the first in the series Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations, edited by Michael Minch and Laura Finley of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), is edited by top Canadian and US scholars in the field and captures both those traditions and innovations, focusing on enduring questions, organizing and activism, peace pedagogy, and practical applications.

From the historical focus on disarmament, ending warfare and reducing militarism to the civil rights, women’s rights, and environmental movements, peace activists and pedagogues have long been important agents of social change. Authored by US and Canadian academics, educators, and activists, the chapters in this book demonstrate, how scholars and practitioners in the field are using the important knowledge, skills and values of their foremothers and forefathers to address new issues, integrate new technologies, and make new partners in their efforts to create a more just and humane world.

This book is part of a series. View the full series, "Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations ", here.


Randall Amster is Director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University, and serves as Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He is the author of Peace Ecology (2014) and co-editor of the volumes Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action (2009) and Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice (2013).

Laura Finley is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University. She is the author, co-author and editor of twelve books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Dr Finley is an active member of many local, state and national peace, justice and human rights organizations, and serves as the Publications Committee Chair and Speakers Bureau Coordinator for the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

Edmund Pries is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he teaches in the Peace and Conflict Studies stream. He is the recipient of the Wilfrid Laurier University’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and serves on the executive committee of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and on the advisory board of Summit: The Sustainable Mountain Development and Conflict Transformation Global Database.

Richard McCutcheon is Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Law and Politics at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and is Co-Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Board. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from McMaster University.

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ISBN: 1-4438-7166-4

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7166-2

Release Date: 18th February 2015

Pages: 320

Price: £52.99

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