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      By addressing life trajectories and political violence, human rights education can overcome radicalizing narratives

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      London Review of Education
      IOE Press
      HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION, YOUTH RADICALIZATION, NARRATIVES, RELATIONAL LEARNING, CONFLICT
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            As the needs and interests of young people are shifting under the influence of demographics and other social developments, 'new stories' have started to attract many that undermine the human rights narrative and nurture radical attitudes. This has consequences for human rights education (HRE). As competing narratives have gained a foothold in major target audiences of HRE, the latter has to realize it is facing an uphill battle. The evidence suggests that HRE can no longer rely on the mere transfer of knowledge and that the 'story of human rights' needs to be told in completely new ways. If HRE aims to change attitudes to be more inclusive and respectful, and to promote a struggle for justice, it has to make its story heard and win people over. Here HRE faces a central dilemma: how to promote fundamental freedoms while including the freedom not to subscribe to these same values? Instead of conceptual persuasion, emphasis should be put more on the affect, and relate to people's lived experiences. Crucially, HRE has to be prepared to make room for the discussion of the paradoxes of political violence. By making clear that it has vital relevance for its audience and can better answer the question of what someone should meaningfully do in life, HRE can change the narrative.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            28 November 2016
            : 14
            : 3
            : 85-95
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            1474-8460(20161128)14:3L.85;1- s7.phd /ioep/clre/2016/00000014/00000003/art00007
            10.18546/LRE.14.3.07
            17b13da4-c31c-4701-9c11-246535e3b036
            Copyright @ 2016
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            YOUTH RADICALIZATION,NARRATIVES,RELATIONAL LEARNING,HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION,CONFLICT

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