Published 2006 .
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This thesis is concerned with ways agents of peacebuilding social change emerge in intractable conflict situations, and more specifically, within the context of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). I investigated the different experiences and educational opportunities that might catalyze individuals to challenge the conflict status quo and evolve transformative practices for the purpose of social change. Through analysis of 13 life history interviews and participant-observation in four peacebuilding organizations, I concluded that multiple and dynamic learning experiences intersect to motivate activists to engage in peacebuiliding. For many, it is important to have access to settings in which to discuss, reflect and act on these experiences, as well as process their impact on one"s identity. Through social movement participation, I articulate the significance of nonformal and informal peacebuilding education initiatives in providing such opportunities in the lives of Israeli and Palestinian agents of peacebuilding social change.
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