Monday, April 02, 2018

Michelle Bellino wins Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award from CIES


Photo of Michelle Bellino speaking at podium

Professor Michelle Bellino’s book Youth in Postwar Guatemala: Education and Civic Identity in Transition won the 2018 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award from the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES).

The award annually honors a published book that reflects one or some of the varied areas of expertise represented in Jackie Kirk’s areas of commitment, primarily gender and education or education in conflict (fragile states, post-conflict, peace education).

In Youth in Postwar Guatemala: Education and Civic Identity in Transition, Bellino describes how, following Guatemala’s civil war, adolescents at four schools in urban and rural communities learn about their country’s history of authoritarianism and develop civic identities within a fragile postwar democracy. Through rich ethnographic accounts, Youth in Postwar Guatemala, traces youth experiences in schools, homes, and communities, to examine how knowledge and attitudes toward historical injustice traverse public and private spaces, as well as generations. Bellino documents the ways that young people critically examine injustice while shaping an evolving sense of themselves as civic actors. In a country still marked by the legacies of war and division, young people navigate between the perilous work of critiquing the flawed democracy they inherited, and safely waiting for the one they were promised.

Michelle J. Bellino is Assistant Professor

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