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Title: Peace education for the Anthropocene? the contribution of regenerative ecology and the ecovillages movement
Authors: Esteves, A.
Keywords: Ecovillages
Regenerative ecology
Non-formal education
Prefigurative politics
Middle East
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Abstract: The security risks posed by the Anthropocene requires peace education strategies aimed at developing the skills necessary for the emergence of regenerative social forms, based on sustainable synergies between humans and nature. This article explores how community-building and regenerative ecology frameworks developed in ecovillages can contribute to that goal, through the case study analysis of the peace education initiative carried out in Israel and the West Bank by Tamera – Healing Biotope I, an ecovillage located in southern Portugal. The findings illustrate the difficulty of creating regenerative social forms through the reproduction of whole system ideal models for sustainable human settlements, due to the vulner- ability of intentional communities to the internal reproduction of ethnopolitical loyalties and conflicts. They also illustrate how a combination of local embeddedness and transnational connections contribute to the diffusion of social innovations produced in ecovillages. However, local ethnopolitical organi- zations and movements tend to promote resistance to the adoption of externally produced frameworks for the develop- ment of competences of collaborative sociability and non- violent conflict resolution. The article concludes with an appeal to a transdisciplinary collaboration among scholars, practi- tioners and public institutions in the development of synergis- tic models of peace education that are multipliable, but context-sensitive.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1080/17400201.2019.1657817
ISSN: 1740-0201
Appears in Collections:CEI-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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