The language-games of peace

Authored by: Anat Biletzki

Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies

Print publication date:  February  2007
Online publication date:  March  2007

Print ISBN: 9780415396653
eBook ISBN: 9780203089163
Adobe ISBN: 9781134154814


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From antiquity and on through the Enlightenment, peace has been posited as a worthy end to human endeavour; indeed, as that aspect of human existence which is to be pursued by all rational beings. Modern times – the twentieth century and onwards – have seen this construct mobilized both socially and institutionally. Its unequivocally positive status has made it the rationale for discourse and action in numerous frameworks – education, media, politics and academia (among others). We thereby encounter, in our modern Western culture, the establishment of educational peace projects, teaching and learning peace programmes; journalists and writers working for peace; political movements and organizations for whom peace is both motivation and aim; and academic work devoted to the issues of peace (usually, but not always, known as ‘peace studies’).

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