Anthropological Contributions to Conflict Resolution

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Alvin William Wolfe, Honggang Yang
University of Georgia Press, 1996 - Social Science - 153 pages
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Anthropological Contributions to Conflict Resolution consists of ten essays that make vividly apparent the variety of ways that anthropological approaches and perspectives can be of practical worth in the resolution of conflicts. The essays represent various subdisciplines in anthropology, including legal and political anthropology, economic anthropology, cross-cultural studies, interpretive approaches, and social network approaches.

Conflicts and potential conflicts at many levels are the subjects of the essays. One contributor uses an ethnographic account of Sikh separatists in Punjab, India, to explore fighting resulting from the intertwining of religion and politics. Another essay discusses the role that anthropology played in conceptualizing the legal reforms on an island in the remote western Pacific in relation to the recent emergence of alternative dispute resolution. Conflicts over the commons in an American suburb are examined, as are harmony ideology and adversarial ideology as they are used for both freedom and control at a manufacturing plant. The introductory essay includes a discussion of network models in regard to conflict resolution, and the epilogue cites an agenda for applied research in the area.

 

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Contents

Contributions of Anthropology to Conflict Resolution
1
Mediation in the Caucasus
31
ADR Palau and the Contribution of Anthropology
47
The Psychological and Sociocultural
64
Conflicts over the Commons in an American Suburb
97
Harmony Ideology Works at the Mill
119
Agenda for Applied Research in Conflict Resolution
144
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Alvin W. Wolfe is Distinguished Service Professor at the University of South Florida, where he is Director of the Center for Applied Anthropology. Honggang Yang is on the faculty of the Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution of the McGregor School of Antioch University.