The politics of mourning in Cyprus and Israel: Educational implications

Michalinos Zembylas*, Zvi Bekerman, Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, Nader Schaade

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10.1 This paper suggests the need for a critical analysis of the nationalization of mourning and its educational implications, especially in conflict-ridden areas. Our thoughts are grounded in a comparative study on mourning that has been conducted as part of our long-standing ethnographic research in schools in Cyprus and Israel during the last 10 years. Through this study on mourning, we highlight two ideas. First, we want to show how a comparison of our studies in Cyprus and Israel highlights the difficulties for alternative interpretations to be translated into educational policies and teacher practices in the absence of changes in political structures. Second, we want to show that despite the forces that nationalize mourning, there are educational openings for alternative interpretations about mourning and the encouragement of reconciliation pedagogies. To this end, the education literature on teaching controversial issues and examples of pedagogies for reconciliation might be relevant to provide concrete ideas for education theory, policy and practice on issues of mourning.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)561-574
Number of pages14
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010


  • Comparative education
  • Controversial issues
  • Mourning
  • Politics
  • Reconciliation pedagogies


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