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ERIC Number: ED554085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 230
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3031-3018-2
Women's Perspectives of Peace: Unheard Voices from Pakistan
Habib, Zehra
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, George Mason University
Pakistan is currently impacted by rampant terrorism and is simultaneously grappling with intrastate ethnic and sectarian violence. The focus of this dissertation was on examining grassroots Pakistani women's perspectives on peace and women's contributions to peace in Pakistan. The study was centered on grassroots women because their voices remain unheard in the patriarchal Pakistani milieu. Additionally, for implementing wide-ranging peace policies, it is crucial to incorporate input from all segments of society. It was also posited in this study that peace education for Pakistani girls and women is relevant in a society where a majority of women are sidelined in peacebuilding processes and in decision making at all levels. The foundational framework for this research was based on the paradigm of critical feminism and directed by theoretical approaches to peace, peacebuilding, and peace education. Data were obtained via in-depth individual interviews conducted with grassroots Pakistani school teachers and stay at home mothers and were analyzed using the constant comparative procedures of qualitative inquiry. The findings are pertinent to positive peace, peacebuilding, and for imparting peace education to girls and women in Pakistan. Participants' perspectives, linking negative facets of peace to its positive aspects, particularly stand out. This research adds to the literature on peace and peacebuilding in Pakistan because it examined viewpoints of selected grassroots women, a community that continues to be neglected and marginalized in Pakistan. The views of the participants also facilitated in identifying factors that widen comprehension of peace in Pakistan. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pakistan