Introduction to Conflict Resolution

Discourses and Dynamic
  • Citation: Federman, Sarah, and Alison Castel. Introduction to Conflict Resolution: Discourses and Dynamics. Edited by Sarah Cobb. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.
    • Topics:
    • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
    • Keywords:
    • conflict resolution
    • terrorism
    • failed states
    • culture
    • coexistence
    • second-track diplomacy
    • peacebuilding

The field of conflict resolution has evolved dramatically during the relatively short duration of the discipline’s existence. Each generation of scholars has struggled with the major puzzles of their era, providing theories and solutions that meet the needs of the time, only to be pushed forward by new insights and, at times, totally upended by a changing world. This introductory course text explores the genealogy of the field of conflict resolution by examining three different epochs of the field, each one tied to the historical context and events of the day. In each of these epochs, scholars and practitioners worked to understand and address the conflicts that the world was facing, at that time. This book provides a framework that students will carry with them far into their careers, enriching their contributions and strengthening their voices. Rather than a didactic approach to the field, students will develop their critical analytical skills through an inductive inquiry. Students will broaden their vocabulary, grapple with argumentation, and develop critical reading skills.

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