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Education in Divided Societies


reviewed by April Crabtree — 2006

coverTitle: Education in Divided Societies
Author(s): Tony Gallagher
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 0333677080, Pages: 173, Year: 2004
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Education in Divided Societies examines how cultures with ethnic conflicts use educational initiatives to stave off potential problems. Gallagher uses examples to discover what role education can play in societies where ethnic conflict is rife or where cultures are on the verge of conflict. The author’s argument for education as a possible solution to dissolving ethnic conflict is muddled somewhat by another argument advanced by the author that each problem should be solved from within its own cultural circumstances. Chapter 1 begins by discussing the evolution of the Holocaust. Gallagher describes how a society that discriminates becomes a society that eliminates, and he attempts to understand this conflict through the lens of various sociological interpretations. Underscoring the rationality of persecution, Gallagher proposes that we look at the Holocaust as an educational tool. He argues that indifference “should form the main theme or warning we take from the Holocaust” (p. 5).... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1593-1596
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12204, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 3:53:14 PM

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  • April Crabtree
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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    APRIL CRABTREE is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida with a BA in Anthropology. She was a Fulbright Fellow and conducted research in Krakow, Poland on Polish Holocaust Education. She has presented at several conferences on efforts in genocide education in the United States, Poland, and Cambodia. She will be presenting her Fulbright research at the “Beyond Camps and Forced Labour” conference at the Imperial War Museum, London in January and will also present at the Comparative and International Education Society meeting in 2006. She is currently attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville completing an MSc in Education and is completing projects on Holocaust Education as well as Civil Rights Education. Her primary interests are in Holocaust and genocide education issues and has several articles pending review for publication.
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