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The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution

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December 2008 | 704 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The last three sentences of this persuasive book: "We conclude this volume more than ever convinced that conflict resolution is not just possible or desirable in the current international environment. It is absolutely necessary. Resolving conflicts and making peace is no longer an option; it is an intellectual and practical skill that we must all posses." If you are part of that "we," intellectually or professionally, you will find this book a superb companion."
Thomas C Schelling, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and University of Maryland

Conflict Resolution is one of the fastest growing academic fields in the world today. Although it is a relatively young discipline, having emerged as a specialized field in the 1950s, it has rapidly grown into a self-contained, vibrant, interdisciplinary field. The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution brings together all the conceptual, methodological, and substantive elements of Conflict Resolution into one volume of 35 specially commissioned chapters. The Handbook is designed to reflect where the field is today by drawing on the contributions of experts from different fields, presenting, in a systematic way, the most recent research and practice.


Introduction: The Nature of Conflict and Conflict Resolution

Jacob Bercovitch, Victor Kremenyuk and I William Zartman
 
PART I: History and Methods of Study
The Evolution of Conflict Resolution

Louis Kriesberg
Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

Christer Jönsson and Karin Aggestam
Conflict Resolution in the International System: A quantitative approach

J. David Singer and Shahryar Minhas
Case Studies and Conflict Resolution

Jack S. Levy
Game Theory as an Approach to Conflict Resolution

Rudolf Avenhaus
Experimental Research on Social Conflict

Dean G. Pruitt
Doing Conflict Research Through a Multi-Method Lens

Daniel Druckman
Problem Solving Approaches

Tamra Pearson d'Estrée
Constructivism and Conflict Resolution

Richard Jackson
 
PART II: Issues and Sources of Conflict
Territory as a Source of Conflict and a Road to Peace

John A. Vasquez and Brandon Valeriano
Economic and Resources Causes of Conflicts

Philippe Le Billon
Resolving Ecological Conflicts: Typical and special circumstances

Gunnar Sjösted
Ethnicity, Negotiation and Conflict Management

Donald Rothchild
Ethno-Religious Conflicts: Exploring the role of religion in conflict resolution

S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana
 
PART III: Methods of Managing Conflict
Conflict Prevention: Theory in pursuit of policy and practice

Michael Lund
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation

I. William Zartman
Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Jacob Bercovitch
The Settlement of International Disputes by Legal Means - Arbitration and Judicial Settlement

Franz Cede
Dialogue as a Process for Transforming Relationships

Harold H. Saunders
NGOs and Conflict Resolution

Andrea Bartoli
United Nations Mediation Experience: Practical lessons for conflict resolution

Connie Peck
 
PART IV: Current Features and Dilemmas in the Study of Conflict Resolution
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution

William A. Donohue
Media and Conflict Resolution

Eytan Gilboa
Democracy and Conflict Resolution

David Kinsella and David L Rousseau
Why Mediation Matters: Ending intractable conflicts

Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall
Culture and Conflict Resolution

Guy Olivier Faure
Peacekeeping and Beyond

Paul F. Diehl
Reconciliation as a Peace-Building Process: Scope and limits

Valérie Rosoux
Assessing Outcomes: Conflict management and the durability of peace

Scott Sigmund Gartner and Molly M Melin
Peace versus Justice - and Beyond

Cecilia Albin
The Spread of Civil War

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch
Conflict Resolution and Human Rights: The state of the art

Eileen F. Babbitt
Resolution of Military Conflicts and Confrontations (Force and Arms Control)

Victor Kremenyuk
Training and Education

Paul Meerts
Conclusion: Emerging Problems in Theory and Practice

Jacob Bercovitch, Victor Kremenyuk and I. William Zartman

'The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution demonstrates the range of themes that constitute modern conflict resolution. It brings out its key issues, methods and dilemmas through original contributions by leading scholars in a dynamic and expanding field of inquiry. This handbook is exactly what it sets out to be: an indispensable tool for teaching, research and practice in conflict resolution' - Peter Wallensteen, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University and University of Notre Dame

'Bercovitch, Kremenyuk and Zartman are among the most important figures in the conflict resolution field. They have pieced together, with the help of more than 35 colleagues from numerous countries, a state-of-the-art review of the sources of international conflict, available methods of conflict management, and the most difficult challenges facing the individuals and organizations trying to guide us through these conflict-ridden times. The collection is brimming with penetrating insights, trenchant analyses, compelling cases, and disciplined speculation. They help us understand both the promise of as well as the obstacles to theory-building in the new field of conflict resolution' - Lawrence Susskind, Professor and Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program

'The last three sentences of this persuasive book: "We conclude this volume more than ever convinced that conflict resolution is not just possible or desirable in the current international environment. It is absolutely necessary. Resolving conflicts and making peace is no longer an option; it is an intellectual and practical skill that we must all posses." If you are part of that "we," intellectually or professionally, you will find this book a superb companion' - Thomas C. Schelling, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and University of Maryland


This books is highly recommended. The content covers clear and identified situations for practitioner and academics. The provided topics includes the conflict in mediation, communication, relationship transforming process. Meanwhile, the topics cover commercial, legal, political scenarios. It's a very useful book in learning and teaching.

Dr Chavi Chen
IESEG, School of Management, Catholic University of Lille
April 15, 2011

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