Care Theory, Peacemaking, and Education

Authored by: Nel Noddings

The Routledge Handbook of Pacifism and Nonviolence

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138194663
eBook ISBN: 9781315638751
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“Peace” is best described as a desirable state of human relations—not merely as the cessation of hostilities. Peacemaking, as we will see, is the process of describing, building, and maintaining that desirable state. Care theory, as a relational approach to ethics and moral education, provides advice on this process, especially on the forms of communication involved in caring relations. This chapter starts with a brief overview of care theory, moves on to a discussion of the centrality of communication in establishing and maintaining peace, and concludes with some recommendations on what we might do in schools to foster peacemaking.

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