Show simple item record

Schools’ Role in Shaping Youth Collective Memory of Conflict and Experiences of Sectarianism in Lebanon

dc.contributor.author Viret, Christophe
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-08T18:36:01Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-08T18:36:01Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/9355
dc.description Public Policy Honors Thesis
dc.description.abstract This study analyzes Lebanese and Palestinian youths’ memories of sectarian conflict, their sources of knowledge, and how their memories shape their experiences of current sectarian divides. From 1975 until 1990, Lebanon experienced a civil war characterized by religious violence, and sectarian conflict continues in the country today. However, the nation’s history curriculum stops at 1946. Qualitative analysis of 23 interviews conducted with Lebanese and Palestinian high school graduates from a range of educational backgrounds suggests that students are not socialized to memories of conflict – the civil war and that of the present day – in school settings. Students perceive other sources of information such as their parents and the media as unreliable, resulting in limited understandings of the conflict. While youths’ vague memories are neutral, students perceive one another as biased. This perception, coupled with a history curriculum that emphasizes rote memorization over critical thinking, fosters the belief that sectarian divides are immutable. The conception of sectarianism as unchanging and everlasting contributes to disempowerment in overcoming religious divisions. History curricula must be strengthened to enable youth to collectively engage with their past and build a more unified Lebanese society.
dc.subject Education
dc.subject Conflict
dc.subject Sectarianism
dc.subject History
dc.subject Collective memory
dc.subject Narrative
dc.title Schools’ Role in Shaping Youth Collective Memory of Conflict and Experiences of Sectarianism in Lebanon
dc.type Honors thesis
dc.department Public Policy Studies


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record