The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Jan 20, 2005 - Religion - 216 pages
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John Paul Lederach's work in the field of conciliation and mediation is internationally recognized. As founding Director of the Conflict Transformation Program and Institute of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, he has provided consultation and direct mediation in a range of situations from the Miskito/Sandinista conflict in Nicaragua to Somalia, Northern Ireland, the Basque Country, and the Philippines. His influential 1997 book Building Peace has become a classic in the discipline. This new book represents his thinking and learning over the past several years. He explores the evolution of his understanding of peacebuilding by reflecting on his own experiences in the field. Peacebuilding, in his view, is both a learned skill and an art. Finding this art, he says, requires a worldview shift. Conflict professionals must envision their work as a creative act - an exercise of what Lederach terms the "moral imagination."
  

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User Review  - Bekah - Goodreads

Four stars for this poetic, thought-provoking book. It's not a novel; sometimes it can be a bit tangential and hard to follow. But it's one of the most inspiring textbooks I had in university ... Read full review

Contents

1 On Stating the Problem and Thesis
3
Four Stories
7
Turning Points
21
Finding the Essence of Peacebuilding
31
Image of a Line in Time
41
Insights from the Geographies of Violence
51
The Art of Social Change
65
Life in the Web
75
The Past That Lies before Us
131
Imagination and Creativity
151
The Mystery of Risk
163
The Imperative of the Moral Imagination
171
A Conversation
179
Glossary
181
Notes
185
Bibliography
187

The Theory of the Critical Yeast
87
Finding the Soul of Place
101
The Gift of Accidental Sagacity
113

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John Paul Lederach is one of the world's foremost experts on peacebuilding and reconciliation. He is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Distinguished Scholar at Eastern Mennonite University's Conflict Transformation Program. Among his many books are The Journey Toward Reconciliation (1999) and Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (1997).

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