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Palgrave Macmillan

Lorenzo Milani's Culture of Peace

Essays on Religion, Education, and Democratic Life

ISBN 9781137382122
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Postcolonial Studies in Education

Inspired by Lorenzo Milani's (1923-1967) biography, this book takes different trajectories in promoting and problematizing peace, and confirming the complex and multifaceted nature of the struggle for authentically peaceful social relations. The chapters range from the struggle over the creation of memories to repositioning peace artifacts within museums, from rewriting history textbooks to exposing the limits of peace programs, and interrogating symbolic violence to exposing real violence in different contexts. Borg and Grech explore the Catholic Church in the post-internet world, and form an understanding of peace and community through Milani's works. This book aims to engage readers in reclaiming the right to dream of a world that disowns fatalism, a world that refuses to accept uncritically the colonization of human beings and their resources on a local and global scale.

Carmel Borg is Associate Professor of Education Studies at the University of Malta, Malta.

Michael Grech is Assistant Lecturer at the Junior College of the University of Malta, Malta.

1. The Catholic, Italian and Tuscan Ecclesiastical Contexts of Don Milani's 'Letter to the Military Chaplains'; Carmel Borg and Michael Grech
2. Peace and the Religions in a Changing World: From Consensus to Difference; Darren J. Dias
3. Vatican II's Teaching on Peace and War: A Contribution to Conciliar Hermeneutics; Michael Attridge
4. The Church as a Sacrament of the Future; Brian Wicker
5. The History of World Peace in 100 Objects: Visualizing Peace in a Peace Museum; Peter Van Den Dungen
6. Responding to the call of Peace: In Memory of a Future that Might Have Been; Clive Zammit
7. Peace Education in a Culture of War; Antonia Darder
8. On Education, Negotiation and Peace; Marianna Papastephanou
9. From Conflict to Conflict Resolution: Teaching the History of Cyprus in the Buffer Zone; Isabelle Calleja Ragonesi
10. Beyond Reality Dissonance: Improving Sustainability of Peace Education Effects; Yigal Rosen
11. Because 'I Care': From an Encounter to a Political Option; Francois Mifsud
12. Peace Education and Critical Democracy: Some Challenges in Neoliberal Times; John P. Portelli
13. Does Democracy Promote Peace? A Rancière Reading of Politics and Democracy; Duncan P. Mercieca
14. Peace and Sexuality – Two Reflections; Mario Gerada, Clayton Mercieca and Diane Xuereb
15. On Art and Politics: Exploring the Philosophical Implications of the Creative Order of Art on the Organization of Social Relations; Mark Debono
16. Can We Learn from Comparing Violent Conflicts and Reconciliation Processes? For a Sociology of Conflict and Reconciliation Going Beyond Sociology; Nicos Trimikliniotis
17. The 'Modern' Muslim Woman in the Arab Peoples' Revolution of Freedom and Dignity; Nathalie Grima

Michael Attridge, University of Toronto, Canada
Carmel Borg, University of Malta, Malta
Isabelle Calleja Ragonesi, University of Malta, Malta
Antonia Darder, Loyola Marymount University, USA
Mark Debono, University of Malta, Malta
Darren Dias, University of Toronto, Canada
Ivone Gebara, Theological Institute of Recife, Brazil
Mario Gerada, Drachma, Malta
Michael Grech, University of Malta, Malta
Nathalie Grima, University of Malta, Malta
Duncan Mercieca, University of Malta, Malta

Clayton Mercieca, Drachma, Malta
Francois Mifsud, University of Toronto, Canada
Marianna Papastefanou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
J.P. Portelli, University of Toronto, Canada
Gregory M. Reichberg, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway
Yigal Rosen, Pearson Research Institute, USA
Nicos Trimikliniotis, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Peter Van Den Dungen, University of Nottingham, UK

Diane Xuereb, The Netherlands
Brian Wicker, University of Birmingham, UK
Clive Zammit, University of Malta, Malta


"This is a book with a cornucopia of theoretical, theological and philosophical positions that will definitely satisfy the classicist and the intellectually minded. The book honors a practitioner of dialogue, negotiation, and conflict resolution, but at the same time uses some of the different experiences in which Milani was involved to move in the direction of a cosmopolitan social movement for international peace." - Carlos Alberto Torres, Director, Paulo Freire Institute and Associate Dean for Global Programs, University of California-Los Angeles, USA; President, World Council of Comparative Education Societies
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