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The inter-relationship between violence and education amidst armed conflict in Southern Thailand

The inter-relationship between violence and education amidst armed conflict in Southern Thailand PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to investigate direct, cultural, and structural violence in education system in the midst of armed conflict in Southern Thailand.Design/methodology/approachThe exploratory qualitative case study conducted in-depth interviews and focus groups with 40 participants, consisting of students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, principals, experts, education specialists, and administrators from seven schools across the three southern border provinces.FindingsThe study reveals some misconceptions of violence, normalization of direct violence in armed conflict, and pinpoints the ways in which cultural violence is used to legitimize structural and direct violence in the education system, as well as adverse effects and ethno-religious segregation in schools and the larger society.Social implicationsSome policy recommendations are offered to address violence and promote sustainable peace through the education system in Southern Thailand.Originality/valueThis paper offers new perspectives on the inter-relationship between education and violence and adverse effects on violence in the education system in the midst of armed conflict in Southern Thailand. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research Emerald Publishing

The inter-relationship between violence and education amidst armed conflict in Southern Thailand

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1759-6599
DOI
10.1108/JACPR-04-2016-0222
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to investigate direct, cultural, and structural violence in education system in the midst of armed conflict in Southern Thailand.Design/methodology/approachThe exploratory qualitative case study conducted in-depth interviews and focus groups with 40 participants, consisting of students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, principals, experts, education specialists, and administrators from seven schools across the three southern border provinces.FindingsThe study reveals some misconceptions of violence, normalization of direct violence in armed conflict, and pinpoints the ways in which cultural violence is used to legitimize structural and direct violence in the education system, as well as adverse effects and ethno-religious segregation in schools and the larger society.Social implicationsSome policy recommendations are offered to address violence and promote sustainable peace through the education system in Southern Thailand.Originality/valueThis paper offers new perspectives on the inter-relationship between education and violence and adverse effects on violence in the education system in the midst of armed conflict in Southern Thailand.

Journal

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 10, 2016

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