(Re)Constructing Memory: Education, Identity, and Conflict

  • Michelle J. Bellino
  • James H. Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
    1. Michelle J. Bellino, James H. Williams
      Pages 1-20
  2. Nation-Building Projects in the Aftermath of Intimate Conflict

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Saori Hagai, Yuto Kitamura, Khlok Vichet Ratha, William C. Brehm
      Pages 49-73
  3. Colonialism, Imperialism, and their Enduring Conflict Legacies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Ashley L. Greene
      Pages 101-125
    3. Fiona Kisby Littleton
      Pages 147-169
  4. Interaction and Integration in Divided Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
  5. The Democratic Role of Schools as Mediating Institutions in Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Cathlin Goulding
      Pages 241-268
    3. Diana Rodríguez Gómez
      Pages 269-289
    4. Julia Paulson
      Pages 291-311
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 335-339

About this book


How do schools protect young people and call on the youngest citizens to respond to violent conflict and division operating outside, and sometimes within, school walls? What kinds of curricular representations of conflict contribute to the construction of national identity, and what kinds of encounters challenge presumed boundaries between us and them? Through contemporary and historical case studies—drawn from Cambodia, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Peru, and Rwanda, among others—this collection explores how societies experiencing armed conflict and its aftermath imagine education as a space for forging collective identity, peace and stability, and national citizenship. In some contexts, the erasure of conflict and the homogenization of difference are central to shaping national identities and attitudes. In other cases, collective memory of conflict functions as a central organizing frame through which citizenship and national identity are (re)constructed, with embedded messages about who belongs and how social belonging is achieved. The essays in this volume illuminate varied and complex inter-relationships between education, conflict, and national identity, while accounting for ways in which policymakers, teachers, youth, and community members replicate, resist, and transform conflict through everyday interactions in educational spaces.


National identity/collective identity History education Collective memory Armed conflict Curriculum analysis/textbook analysis Education Schools

Editors and affiliations

  • Michelle J. Bellino
    • 1
  • James H. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Michigan, Ann ArborMichiganUSA
  2. 2.The George Washington UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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