Conflict mediation across cultures: pathways and patterns

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Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992 - Family & Relationships - 310 pages
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David Augsburger believes conflict is not only inevitable in human life, but also essential and possibly quite constructive. It is universal, distinct in every culture, and experienced uniquely by every individual. Augsburger explores variations in conflict and proposes a shift from an interpersonal approach to an international approach in resolving disputes. He examines interpersonal and group conflicts and provides a comparison of conflict patterns within and among various cultures: situational patterns versus cultural, individual versus communal, and direct versus indirect. In this study, Augsburger desensitizes the reader to his or her common sense about conflict, and sensitizes the reader's "uncommon sense" about conflict, inviting individuals to learn from other cultures.

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