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Anthropological Contributions to Conflict Resolution consists of ten essays that make vividly apparent the variety of ways that anthropological approaches and perspectives can be of practical worth in the resolution of conflicts. The essays represent various subdisciplines in anthropology, including legal and political anthropology, economic anthropology, cross-cultural studies, interpretive approaches, and social network approaches.

Conflicts and potential conflicts at many levels are the subjects of the essays. One contributor uses an ethnographic account of Sikh separatists in Punjab, India, to explore fighting resulting from the intertwining of religion and politics. Another essay discusses the role that anthropology played in conceptualizing the legal reforms on an island in the remote western Pacific in relation to the recent emergence of alternative dispute resolution. Conflicts over the commons in an American suburb are examined, as are harmony ideology and adversarial ideology as they are used for both freedom and control at a manufacturing plant. The introductory essay includes a discussion of network models in regard to conflict resolution, and the epilogue cites an agenda for applied research in the area.

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Alvin W. Wolfe is Distinguished Service Professor at the University of South Florida, where he is Director of the Center for Applied Anthropology. Honggang Yang is on the faculty of the Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution of the McGregor School of Antioch University.
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Table of Contents

Contributions of Anthropology to Conflict Resolution 1
Why Sikhs Fight 11
Mediation in the Caucasus 31
ADR, Palau, and the Contribution of Anthropology 47
Waging Peace: The Psychological and Sociocultural Dynamics of Positive Peace 64
Labor Recruitment, Ethnicity, and Development: Alternatives to Work-Force Conflict in Southern Belize 81
Conflicts over the Commons in an American Suburb 97
Harmony Ideology Works at the Mill 119
The Limits of an Anthropology of Conflict: Loyalist and Republican Paramilitary Organizations in Northern Ireland 131
Epilogue: Agenda for Applied Research in Conflict Resolution 144
Contributors 151
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