Cultural Variation in Conflict Resolution
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Cultural Variation in Conflict Resolution by Douglas P. Fry
Book DescriptionThis volume's central purpose is to provide a clearly written, scholarly exploration of cultural variation regarding conflict resolution and in so doing, highlight certain alternatives to violence. It presents an interdisciplinary examination of how conflicts are perceived and handled in a variety of cultural settings. Drawing on data and models from anthropology, psychology, and political science, the chapters analyze conflict resolution across the societal spectrum, including cases from Western and non-Western traditions, complex and tribal societies, and violent and non-violent cultures. While demonstrating the extremely important impact of culture on conflict resolution processes, the book does not solely emphasize cultural specificity. Rather--through introductory chapters, section introductions, and a concluding chapter--the volume editors draw attention to cross-cultural patterns in an attempt to further the search for more general conflict principles. An explicit message throughout the book is that alternatives to violence exist. The volume demonstrates that at various levels--from the interpersonal to the international-- conflicts can be handled in ways that cause far less pain and destruction than violence. Chapters by psychologists discuss social and cognitive processes for facilitating the learning of alternatives to violence among children and youth. Anthropology contributors explore mechanisms for dealing with social conflict which allow some cultures to remain relatively peaceful and consider implications of their work for reducing violence in other societies. Chapters by former President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, and by political scientists examine how non-violent political solutions can be employed as alternatives to warfare and violent resistence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780805822212
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publish Date: 13-Dec-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Douglas P. Fry
War, Peace, and Human Nature, Hardback (July 2013)
In War, Peace, and Human Nature, editor Doug Fry brings together leading experts in human behavioral ecology, and evolutionary biology, archeology, anthropology, and primatology to answer fundamental questions about conflict and human nature in an evolutionary context.
Human Potential for Peace, Paperback (September 2005)
Provides a re-evaluation of anthropological findings on violence, war, peace and conflict management. This volume draws upon anthropological data, from cultural studies and evolutionary biology. It challenges the traditional view that humans are naturally violent, and argues that we possess a strong ability to prevent and resolve conflicts.
Keeping the Peace, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Douglas P. Fry
This work highlights the existence of non-violent and anti-violent societies, combining theory and case studies of particular groups, to look at how they deal with conflict with a view to distilling lessons about peacemaking in a global context.
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