The Promise of Mediation: Responding to Conflict Through Empowerment and Recognition

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Wiley, Nov 9, 1994 - Business & Economics - 296 pages
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Explores the transformative potential of mediation, showing what that potential is, why it is important, and how it can be realized in practice. Presents an alternative theoretical framework for understanding conflict and mediation, based on valuing both personal strength and compassion for others. Offers a highly concrete, case-illustrated introduction to the actual practice of transformative mediation, using a range of examples and two detailed case studies. Drawing on their own experience and on a wide body of research, the authors offer those at all levels in the mediation field—practitioners, administrators, policy makers, and researchers—a new and useful perspective to help take stock of how mediation is currently practiced, assess what it can accomplish, and make choices about how to develop the process in the future. They present a powerful case that realizing the full promise of mediation means giving the transformative approach to mediation a central place in theory, policy, and practice.

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Contents

Four Diverging Views
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A Case Example
113
Capturing Opportunities
139
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About the author (1994)

ROBERT A. BARUCH BUSH is the Rains Distinguished Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution Law at the Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York. He has written extensively on mediation and alternative dispute resolution scholarship from the Center for Public Resources. JOSEPH P. FOLGER is professor of communication and the associate dean for research and graduate study at the School of Communications and Theater, Temple University. He is coauthor (with M. S. Poole and R. K. Stutman) of the award-winning book Working Through Conflict: Strategies for Relationships, Groups and Organizations (2nd ed., 1993). 17 02 Explores the transformative potential of mediation, showing what that potential is, why it is important, and how it can be realized in practice. Presents an alternative theoretical framework for understanding conflict and mediation, based on valuing both personal strength and compassion for others. Offers a highly concrete, case-illustrated introduction to the actual practice of transformative mediation, using a range of examples and two detailed case studies. Drawing on their own experience and on a wide body of research, the authors offer those at all levels in the mediation field—practitioners, administrators, policy makers, and researchers—a new and useful perspective to help take stock of how mediation is currently practiced, assess what it can accomplish, and make choices about how to develop the process in the future. They present a powerful case that realizing the full promise of mediation means giving the transformative approach to mediation a central place in theory, policy, and practice.

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