Ina ter Avest
Education in Conflict
2009, Religious Diversity and Education in Europe, Band 9, 1. Auflage, 140 pages, E-Book (PDF), 15,90 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-7072-9
There are several positions, but they all see differences between groups as an essential problem. In this book, the authors take a different approach. The term conflict literally means ‘clashing together’, from the Latin confligere, to strike together. Wherever people come together, their interests and beliefs are sure to clash. And, conversely, clashes only occur when there is something shared to quarrel about. Whether we like it or not, living with each other means clashing with each other.
Five Dutch researchers share their exploration of the paradoxical situation that we cannot survive without the other, because we only really learn about ourselves when we come into contact with others. At the same time it is problematic to live with the other since our lives clash with the life of the other and we try to shield ourselves and draw boundaries. How to live in difference and not be indifferent to the other? That’s the question.
Ina ter Avest, ton van Prooijen, Irena Rosenthal, Regien Smit, Jan van der Stoep