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The Conflict and Culture Reader
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Read the Introduction.Culture is the lens through which we make sense of the world. In any conflict, from petty disputes to wars between nation-states, the players invariably view that conflict through the filter of their own cultural experiences. This innovative volume prompts us to pause and think through our most fundamental assumptions about how conflict arises and how it is resolved.Even as certain culturally based disputes, such as the high-profile cases in which an immigrant engages in conduct considered normal in the homeland but which is explicitly illegal in his/her new country, enter public consciousness, many of the most basic intersections of culture and conflict remain unexamined. How are some processes cultured, gendered, or racialized? In what ways do certain groups and cultures define such concepts as justice and fairness differently? Do women and men perceive events in similar fashion, use different reasoning, or emphasize disparate values and goals?Spanning a wide array of disciplines, from anthropology and psychology to law and business, and culling dozens of intriguing essays, The Culture and Conflict Reader is edited for maximum pedagogical usefulness and represents a bedrock text for anyone interested in conflict and dispute resolution.Contributors include: Kevin Avruch, Peter W. Black, Jeffrey Z. Rubin, Frank E. A. Sander, John Paul Lederach, Heather Forest, Sara Cobb, Janet Rifkin, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Laura Nader, Pat Chew, Stella Ting-Toomey, Harry C. Triandis, Christopher McCusker, C. Harry Hui, Anita Taylor, Judi Beinstein Miller, Carol Gilligan, Trina Grillo, James W. Grosch, Karen G. Duffy, Paul V. Olczak, Michele Hermann, Martha Chamallas, LoraleighKeashly, Phil Zuckerman, Tracy E. Higgins, Howard Gadlin, Janie Victoria Ward, Kyeyoung Park, Taunya Lovell Banks, Margaret Read MacDonald, Mary Patrice Erdmans, Manu Aluli Meyer, Doriane Lambelet Coleman, Bruce D. Bonta, Paul E. Salem, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Marc H. Ross, Z.D. Gurevitch, Mari J. Matsuda, Charles R. Lawrence III, Hsien Chin Hu, Glenn R. Butterton, Walter Otto Weyrauch, Maureen Anne Bell, Martti Gronfors, Thomas Donaldson, Marjorie Shostak, and Heather Forest.Table of Contents Part I: Approaching Conflict and Culture: Inquiries, Assumptions, and ConstructsIntroduction 1 Conflict Resolution in Intercultural Settings: Problems and Prospects Kevin Avruch and Peter W. Black2 Culture, Negotiation, and the Eye of the Beholder Jeffrey Z. Rubin and Frank E. A. Sander3 Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation across Cultures John Paul Lederach4 Everyone Agrees to Peace Heather Forest5 Practice and Paradox: Deconstructing Neutrality in Mediation Sara Cobb and Janet Rifkin6 In a Grove Ryunosuke Akutagawa7 Harmony Models and the Construction of Law Laura Nader8 Vantage Point Pat K. Chew9 Toward a Theory of Conflict and Culture Stella Ting-Toomey10 Multimethod Probes of Individualism and Collectivism Harry C. Triandis, Christopher McCusker, and C. Harry HuiPart II: Gender and ConflictIntroduction 11 The Necessity of Seeing Gender in Conflict Anita Taylor and Judi Beinstein Miller12 In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women''s DevelopmentCarol Gilligan13 The Mediation Alternative: Process Dangers for Women Trina Grillo 14 Role of Ethnic and Gender Differences in Mediated Conflicts James W. Grosch, Karen G. Duffy, and Paul V. Olczak 15 New Mexico Research Examines Impact ofGender and Ethnicity in Mediation Michele Hermann16 The Architecture of Bias: Deep Structures in Tort Law Martha Chamallas17 Gender and Conflict: What Does Psychological ResearchTell Us? Loraleigh Keashly18 Gender Regulation as a Source of Religious Schism Phil Zuckerman19 Anti-Essentialism, Relativism, and Human Rights Tracy E. HigginsPart III: Ethnicity, Race, and ConflictIntroduction 20 Conflict Resolution, Cultural Differences, and the Culture of RacismHoward Gadlin21 Eyes in the Back of Your Head: Moral Themes in African American Narratives of Racial Conflict Janie
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Pat K. Chew is Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is the author and co-author of numerous books and articles.

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"This single volume covers the universe of cultural issues and ethnic conflict. Professor Pat Chew has revealed she has the secret heart of an anthropologist. This collection of materials from far-flung places is fascinating, made more so by the helpful notes and materials she employs to stitch them together." -Michael A. Olivas,Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance, University of Houston "At a time when ethnic conflicts seem unending and the rule of law is increasingly threatened, it is the responsibility of every thinking person to learn as much as possible about the ways in which law, conflict and culture affect one another and, in turn, the ways in which they affect us all. This new book offers a thought-provoking-and sometimes disturbing-medium for exploring the host of issues raised by the interrelationships between these concepts." -John M. Burkoff,Associate Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh "This not only a wonderful book to read but one that will assist all of us as we travel across borders to work, explore and enjoy the wonders of other places." -John P. Tymitz,Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Shipboard Education "Covering groups as diverse as Finnish gypsies, Chicago Polish, Native Hawaiians, Israeli Druze, and African Americans, Pat Chew presents us with a global feast on conflict and culture. This multidisciplinary collection enables us to appreciate the complex interplay when race, ethnicity, gender, and culture confront both unwritten customs and formal legal systems." -Adrien Katherine Wing,author of Global Critical Race Feminism "Pat Chew makes an important contribution by bringing together voices that speak to this complex topic that is at the heart of the rapidly shrinking world we all are beginning to share and navigate together." -Syed Shariq,RGK Foundation Scholar, Stanford University

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