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Conflict Resolution in Asia: Mediation and Other Cultural Models - Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Asia (Hardback)
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Conflict Resolution in Asia: Mediation and Other Cultural Models - Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Asia (Hardback)

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Hardback 284 Pages / Published: 20/03/2018
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Conflict Resolution in Asia: Mediation and Other Cultural Models is an exploration of human interaction, conflict, and conflict resolution in the incredibly diverse region that consists of South, East, and Southeast Asia. It examines how traditional, indigenous, and culturally based conflict resolution processes interact with more formal legal systems to build infrastructures that address conflicts at the interpersonal to international levels in ways that maintain social harmony. This book provides insight into situations where unique cultures come together to create a larger cultural identity, and how constructive and appropriate conflict resolution systems can work every day to establish positive relationships and overall peace in these complex communities. It demonstrates the importance of culture in addressing conflict and conflict resolution, and validates the significance of culturally appropriate processes in building and sustaining peace. From Southeast Asia, a survey of Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam highlights their rich cultures and conflict resolution processes. From East Asia, Mainland China and Hong Kong show the history of traditional models and the incorporation of mediation within a more formal legal system. Finally, a section on South Asia examines customary methods of dispute resolution working alongside a judiciary structure in India. These nine countries represent very different cultural groups with complex national histories, and varying degrees of influence from Western powers. Using select Asian nations as case studies of conflict resolution systems, this edited book examines the power of mediation and other cultural conflict resolution models as a tool for addressing conflicts and social justice.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498566438
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 608 g
Dimensions: 238 x 157 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This collection of research on mediation and conflict practices in Asia is a significant contribution to scholarship that de-centers Western approaches and models. The cultural and regional knowledge systems and practices of Asia are needed to develop the human potential for building local and global peace. This fascinating and rich body of scholarship draws attention to how societies negotiate traditional, national, and global structures in their systems for addressing conflict. -- Jessica Senehi, University of Manitoba
This collection is a very welcome addition to the literature on conflict resolution. With careful description and thoughtful analysis of material drawn from nine Asian societies, Stephanie P. Stobbe and her contributors demonstrate the diversity of approaches to managing conflict in this huge region, some indigenous and some not. The many strengths of this volume include its grounding in local realities, hence making clear that introduced Western methods often fit local Asian contexts very badly. This is not merely a result of imposing insufficiently tweaked processes and rules, but rather a failure to recognize the cultural assumptions inevitably built into all methods of conflict management. All those interested in conflict resolution theory and/or practice should find this very interesting book highly rewarding. -- Peter Black, George Mason University
Conflict Resolution in Asia: Mediation and Other Cultural Models provides valuable insights into building peace and practicing non-colonial problem solving in the diverse continent of Asia from indigenous perspectives. It furthers multilateral understanding and appreciation for sustainability of grassroots mediation and innovative ADR. -- Honggang Yang, Nova Southeastern University
As former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Bosnia and Herzegovina, I have been involved for several decades in mediation and conflict resolution efforts developed in a Western context. Where mediation has not succeeded, failure to understand traditional conflict resolution processes in these societies is an important element. This volume offers an opportunity to learn lessons from Asia where the rich cultural and historical context provides a different framework for understanding the role of mediation in conflict resolution. Only by learning lessons in both a Western and Asian context can we develop new mediation approaches to resolve conflicts in the twenty-first century. -- Richard D. Kauzlarich, George Mason University

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