The Unexplored Power and Potential of Youth as Peace-builder
SourcePeace, Conflict & Development, 11, (2007)
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SW OZ RSCR CAOS
Peace, Conflict & Development
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
Around the world many young people are victims of cultural, direct, and structural violence and become carriers of that violence or perpetration. There is a strong tendency among politicians and researchers to see youth as a problem to be solved. However, many youth are peaceful and peace-builders. Equally affected by various forms of violence, they decide to act constructively towards building a culture of peace. Youth are underestimated as positive agents of change and key actors in peace-building, both by policy-makers and academics. This paper explores the role of youth as peace-builders, illustrating their unique power and potential to affect social change through a number of examples.
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