Culture and Conflict Resolution

ISBN-10: 1878379828
ISBN-13: 9781878379825
Edition: 1998
Authors: Kevin Avruch
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Description: After years of relative neglect, culture is finally receiving due recognition as a key factor in the evolution and resolution of conflicts. Unfortunately, however, when theorists and practitioners of conflict resolution speak of ???culture, ??? they  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
Publication date: 11/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 172
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

After years of relative neglect, culture is finally receiving due recognition as a key factor in the evolution and resolution of conflicts. Unfortunately, however, when theorists and practitioners of conflict resolution speak of ???culture, ??? they often understand and use it in a bewildering and unhelpful variety of ways. With sophistication and lucidity, "Culture and Conflict Resolution" exposes these shortcomings and proposes an alternative conception in which culture is seen as dynamic and derivative of individual experience. The book explores divergent theories of social conflict and differing strategies that shape the conduct of diplomacy, and examines the role that culture has (and has not) played in conflict resolution. The author is as forceful in critiquing those who would dismiss or diminish culture??'s relevance as he is trenchant in advocating conflict resolution approaches that make the most productive use of a coherent concept of culture. In a lively style, Avruch challenges both scholars and practitioners not only to develop a clearer understanding of what culture is, but also to take that understanding and incorporate it into more effective conflict resolution processes.

Kevin Avruch is the Henry Hart Rice Professor of conflict resolution and professor of anthropology at The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program, at George Mason University. He is the author, among other works, of Culture and Conflict Resolution.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Concept of Culture: A Very Brief History
An Approach to Culture
Inadequate Ideas of Culture
Thinking about Culture
Thinking about Social Conflict - and "Resolution"
Realism and the Absence of Culture in International Relations Theory
Political Culture and National Character
Culture in International Relations Theory: Cognitivist Approaches
Culture and Negotiation
Culture and International Negotiation: Some Skeptics
Culture and the Problem of Power
Conceptualizing Cultural Difference
Emic Approaches
Etic Approaches
Combining Emic and Etic Approaches
Rational Choice and Gaming
Bargaining and Negotiation
Third-Party Processes and Roles
The Problem-Solving Workshop and Conflict Resolution
Culture and Problem-Solving Workshops: More Skeptics
Reframing the Problem-Solving Workshop
"Restricted" Conflict Resolution and the Future of the Enterprise
Conclusions: Some Notes for Trainers and Practitioners
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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