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Friday, March 16, 2012

Critical Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies : Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy




Dr. Thomas Matyók, who is currently an assistant professor in the Conflict and Peace Studies program at UNCG,  is one of the editors of the book Critical Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy. The publisher’s website explains that the field of  Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) is one that “includes scholars and practitioners throughout the world working in peace studies, conflict analysis and resolution, conflict management, appropriate dispute resolution, and peace and justice studies. They come to the PCS field with a diversity of ideas, approaches, disciplinary roots, and topic areas, which speaks to the complexity, breadth, and depth needed to apply and take account of conflict dynamics and the goal of peace.” They go on to explain that “Critical Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy...is a collection of essays that explores a number of these issues, providing a means by which academics, students, and practitioners can develop various methods to confront the complexity of contemporary conflicts.

Critical Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies discusses the emerging field of PCS, and suggests a framework for the future development of the field and the education of its practitioners and academics. The book has a wide audience targeting students at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels. It also extends to those working in and leading community conflict resolution efforts as well as humanitarian aid workers.” 
Two of Dr. Matyók’s colleagues, Dr. Sherril Hayes, also an assistant professor in Conflict and Peace Studies at UNCG, and Dr. Peter Kellett, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at UNCG, also contributed to the book. Jackson Library has both a print and electronic copy of this work.

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