Peace as an event, peace as utopia: a re-imagining of peace and its implications for peace education and development

Lindsey K. Horner*

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This paper aims to provide a new approach to peace in order to contribute to a
theoretically informed approach to peace education and development practice.
Arguing that liberal peace can be counter-productive and can actually betray
peace, I offer an alternative approach in order to contribute to thinking on peace
for educators and development practitioners. Introducing the theory of peace that
I developed in my recent Ph.D., I explore how utopian and post-structural theory
conceptualises peace as an open-ended promise, facilitating alternative thinking
about peace and how to engage with it. I then discuss the implications this has for
praxis and finish by looking at how the work of translating peace is an important
aspect of peace education and development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-379
Number of pages14
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Issue number3
Early online date31 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013


  • peace theory
  • peace education
  • the event
  • Derrida
  • utopia
  • Bloch
  • Santos
  • Mindanao conflict

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