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Little Book of Conflict Transformation: Clear Articulation Of The Guiding Principles By A Pioneer In The Field

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This clearly articulated statement offers a hopeful and workable approach to conflict—that eternally beleaguering human situation.

John Paul Lederach is internationally recognized for his breakthrough thinking and action related to conflict on all levels—person-to-person, factions within communities, warring nations. He explores why "conflict transformation" is more appropr
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Paperback, 74 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Good Books
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Douglas Lord
Nov 03, 2015 Douglas Lord rated it liked it
Conflict transformation, best characterized as an orientation or framework, is as far from a practical tool as possible, says Lederach (international peace building, Joan B. Kroch Institute). Instead, it offers "perspective on conflict and change." Though Lederach considers conflict on personal, relational, structural, and cultural levels, his extremely wide focus is on societal conflicts; these are optimistically seen as opportunities to create "constructive change ... reduce violence, increase ...more
Scott Hughes
Nov 16, 2015 Scott Hughes rated it liked it
Definitely a challenging perspective to conflict resolution or management perspectives. Conflict transformation perceives conflict as ongoing and should be leveraged for change that list lasting. As opposed to content centered conflict transformation is relationship centered. Perhaps the best way to put the distinction as the author makes it, is to see the guiding questions for each.
Conflict Resolution Perspective: How do we end something not desired?
Conflict Transformation Perspective: How do
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Teri Peterson
Jan 20, 2015 Teri Peterson rated it liked it
Chapters nine and ten are the most useful, I think. The first eight have too much abstract language. Cutting through it to the concepts was harder than it should have been, and the length was excessive for the concept. More examples or cases would have helped tremendously--let a story tell rather than trying to explain!
The purpose of the book is good. I was just frustrated because I wish it was more accessible, as the topic is so important. I would not be able to hand this book to someone with n
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Anoud Alammar
Jan 31, 2016 Anoud Alammar rated it really liked it
A one-day read that was required for a peace and justice class but has proved rather interesting. It addresses conflict transformation, how it is approached and how it differs from conflict resolution.
Moving from using violence to prevent mass atrocities (or regular daily conflicts) toward using more creative, responsive, constructive and finally, non-violent methods to accomplish goals seems to be the main point of discussion.
Gabriel Pelletier
Aug 10, 2011 Gabriel Pelletier rated it really liked it
I add this as high-impact action scenes play in the ad above from Bourne Ultimatum.... Not the way to resolve conflict! Bourne will surely find that (3 movies later) violence will consume his life, and that he actually instigates the conflict he is a part of. La da da Da da.
Marion
Mar 14, 2009 Marion rated it liked it
This is a short book with a good overview of the principles of conflict resolution as applied to international situations with long histories of cultural disputes and in-fighting. I enjoyed the "big picture", long view, systems perspective offered in the book.
Preston
Mar 19, 2015 Preston rated it really liked it
Comprehensive, yet mildly redundant, overview of the field of CT. Insightful examination of the differences between transformation and resolution.
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John Paul Lederach is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, and concurrently Distinguished Scholar at Eastern Mennonite University. He has written widely on conflict resolution and mediation. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado. In 1994 he became the founding director for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at ...more
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