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Speaking of ViolenceThe Politics and Poetics of Narrative in Conflict Resolution$
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Sara Cobb

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826209.001.0001

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Conflict Resolution as Narrative Practice

Conflict Resolution as Narrative Practice

Emerging Better-Formed Stories

(p.248) 9 Conflict Resolution as Narrative Practice
Speaking of Violence

Sara Cobb

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the implications of critical narrative theory for the core practices in the field of conflict resolution: Negotiation, mediation, problem-solving workshops, dialogue and deliberative processes. Each of these five practices is a function of the quality of conversations between parties. And while each of these practices has guidelines that are intended to prefigure or structure these conversations, none of these guidelines address the power of narrative. As a consequence, the dynamics of critical narrative theory are in motion and marginalization persists, in spite of the guidelines. For each of these practices, a critique of existing guidelines for practice will be offered, on the basis of critical narrative theory. Additionally, recommendations for each practice will be made from the perspective of critical narrative theory. While this chapter will provide a definitive and complete list of new guidelines, these recommendations are intended to challenge existing modes of practice and lay the groundwork for more expanded revision of practice in the future.

Keywords:   discursive Empathy, negotiation, mediation, dialogue, deliberation

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