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Worldviews education: cosmopolitan peacebuilding and preventing violent extremism

journal contribution
posted on 03.07.2019, 00:00 authored by Anna HalafoffAnna Halafoff, Kim LamKim Lam, G Bouma
© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Since the mid-2000s soft power approaches to counter and prevent violent extremism (C/PVE) have increasingly been implemented by civil society, state actors and UN agencies internationally. Education is a critical and previously undervalued component in PVE, as it has only recently begun to attract significant scholarly and policy attention. This article briefly reviews the emerging field of education and PVE, and argues that it could benefit from drawing on insights from research on education about diverse religious and non-religious worldviews and PVE in Australia. Our research indicates that these types of educational initiatives can assist with addressing religious vilification, discrimination and interreligious tensions, and also with building religious literacy and social inclusion of young people, thereby minimising risks of alienation and vulnerability to extremism. We also argue that a critical approach to education about religions can assist young people to identify religions’ ambivalent role in contributing to both cultures of violence–direct and structural–and cultures of peace. We present a case study on learning about diverse worldviews in Victoria, Australia in this article to illustrate our arguments and finally make a series of recommendations regarding religion, education and PVE, and cosmopolitan peacebuilding strategies more broadly.

History

Journal

Journal of beliefs and values

Volume

40

Issue

3

Pagination

381 - 395

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1361-7672

eISSN

1469-9362

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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