Prefiguring Peace

Prefiguring Peace : Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding Partnerships

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This work presents a longitudinal study, of greater than 10 years, of all the major peace building initiatives with an educational encounter-based approach in Israel and Palestine, during times of relative peace and times of acute violence (1993-2008). Involving various fields, this research contributes to the broad fields of peace and conflict resolution, social movements, and organizational more

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  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 26mm | 621.42g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739166107
  • 9780739166109

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Prefiguring Peace: Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding Partnerships is a lucid, beautifully written, and important contribution to the literature on grass-roots peace-building and peace studies. In a richly textured analysis stretching over ten years of research in the region, Gawerc offers a nuanced in-depth analysis of Israeli and Palestinian "people to people" partnerships, showing that their ultimate success depends on contending with serious micro and macro power asymmetries. Her scholarship sets the standard for a conflict-resolution paradigm linking peace and justice. -- Charles Derber, professor of sociology, Boston College; author of The Wilding of America and Corporation Nation Courageous private individuals, both Israeli and Palestinian, struggled through the long years of the Middle East "Peace Process" to create mutual esteem and cooperative work among themselves while governments apathetically let the opportunities for peace slip through their fingers. Terrible disparities of power imperiled all their efforts. Many, for all their devotion, found themselves simply broken by the burden. Most often, they understood the nature of the conflict in sharply different ways. Michelle Gawerc, of a family of Holocaust survivors who understood the suffering of another displaced people, studied the relations of these pioneers of peace over a long period of years. She had to win the confidence of people who lived under constantly daunting pressure from one another's and their own communities and no one knows this heroic scene better than she. Hers is a true work of the transformation of conflict, recognizing that the human relations between conflicting parties constitute the most critical element in the healing of the society. -- Raymond G. Helmick, Boston College Michelle Gawerc opens a window into the world of Israeli and Palestinian activists striving to build partnerships of equality and respect, while struggling to maintain legitimacy in their polarized communities. Prefiguring Peace is a compelling chronicle of Israeli-Palestinian peace advocacy in an era of escalating conflict. -- Ned Lazarus, George Mason University Michelle Gawerc has written a captivating, well researched and accessible study of peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine. She provides an insightful analysis of how peacebuilding organizations overcome internal conflicts in order to affect the conflict at large. The book documents the peace camp's ability to survive in some of the darkest moments of the conflict without minimizing the challenges facing the existence of these organizations. In doing so, the author presents a clear model for how peacebuilding organizations can adapt to a fast-changing environment. Gawerc's book is proof that the path for peace is paved with education and cooperation, without which all peace agreements are doomed to failure. Overall, the book is a convincing and engaging tale of the vitality of the Israeli-Palestinian peace movement. -- Aziz Abu Sarah, George Mason Universityshow more

About Michelle I. Gawerc

Michelle I. Gawerc is assistant professor of sociology and global studies at Loyola University more

Table of contents

Foreword by William A. Gamson Preface Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Twelve Organizations Chapter 3: Political and Social Context: Three Environments Chapter 4: The Challenge of Asymmetry Chapter 5: A Dance of Legitimacy Chapter 6: Maintaining and Distributing Resources Chapter 7: Managing Internal Conflict Chapter 8: Maintaining Commitment: Organizational Considerations Chapter 9: Commitment, Community, and Collective Identity Chapter 10: Conclusion Afterword Appendix A: Organizational Updates Appendix B: Israeli Peace NGO Forum Statement on the Gaza War and Palestinian Peace NGO Statement on the Gaza Warshow more

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