Bridging Cultural Conflicts: A New Approach for a Changing World / Edition 1

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"This much needed book . . .is a creative, helpful, and hopefulcontribution at a time when we are especially challenged to bridgecultures in the pursuit of mutual understanding and peace."
Jimmy Carter, Nobel Peace Laureate

In our global society, challenging conflicts abound in personal,business, government, and international settings. Many of theseconflicts are complicated by layers of miscommunication, culturalmisunderstandings, and completely different ways of looking at theworld. These conflicts cannot be solved by goodwill or sincereintentions alone. In our multicultural world, we need new tools toaddress gaps in communication and understanding and the conflictsthat flow from them.

Bridging Cultural Conflicts answers this need ingroundbreaking ways that cut through complexity, replacingconfusion with clarity. It introduces mindful awareness, culturalfluency, and conflict fluency as tools for decoding and movingthrough intercultural conflicts, and for deepening and integratingchange. The book shows how fluency with culture and conflict can belearned through attention and practice, just as we wouldinternalize a new language. As fluency is acquired, a processcalled dynamic engagement is presented to help preventintercultural conflict, limit its escalation, and transform it intoa learning experience.

Michelle LeBaron's approach in Bridging CulturalConflicts is human, practical, and adaptable to a wide range ofinterpersonal, community, organizational, and political conflicts.Drawing from her work as an attorney, mediator, scholar, andinternationally acclaimed consultant, Michelle combines thedynamism of Western approaches to conflict resolution with theinsight and balance of Eastern approaches. In the process, sheoffers a wide array of creative strategies and usable tools. As weurgently seek better ways to work and live together and to addressthe issues that divide us, this timely book inspires flexibility,creativity, and hope.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"This book presents the wisdom of LeBaron's years of successfulwork with conflicts and cultures through insights that are at onceboth professional and personal. With these approaches, we cantransform relationships at home, in our communities, and at work."
— Susan Allen Nan, director, Alliance for ConflictTransformation
Fairfax, Virginia

"Bridging Cultural Conflicts invites us to embraceconflict in the cultural borderlands where fear, discomfort, andunpredictability reign. This remarkable book will challenge you todevelop relational capacities that go far beyond the mechanisticassumptions underlying analytical and problem- solvingparadigms."
— Mark McCrea, mediator, Minnesota Department of Labor

"LeBaron's compassionate wisdom is required reading, especiallyfor leaders and those seeking a vaccine for a culture glorifyingguns, genocide, and fundamentalism, unifying in terror and hatred.To bridge this widening, chaotic chasm, we can learn much from hermindful perception and experience weaving the tapestry of conflictresolution, unifying in peace and grace."
— Daniel Bowling, RESOLVE, Inc.

"This book effectively articulates cross-cultural issues andmethods for resolution of conflicts specific to these issues. It isheartwarming to read a book that can be useful immediately andconnects the reader to a world of hopeful communications."
— Rosemary Romero, consultant, Sante Fe, New Mexico

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787964313
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/21/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,375,595
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle LeBaron is professor of conflict analysis andresolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. LeBaronteaches about conflict, culture, and creativity and writes poetryby the sea. She consults with groups and organizations around theworld on issues related to diversity, identity, meaning-making, andspirituality. She is the author of Bridging Troubled Waters(Jossey-Bass, 2002).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Foreword (Mohammed Abu-Nimer).


PART ONE: Capacities for Engaging Cultural Conflicts.

1 Bridging Cultures: Uncovering Paths That Connect Us.

2 Cultural Fluency in Conflict: An Overview.

3 Cultural Fluency in Conflict: Currencies and StartingPoints.

4 Mindful Awareness as a Path to Cultural Fluency.

5 Conflict Fluency.

6 Engaging Difference.

PART TWO: Practices for Engaging Cultural Conflict.

7 Deepning the Colors: Personal Practces to Help BridgeDifferences.

8 Out of the Fire: Interpersonal Practices to Help BridgeDifferences.

9 On the Larger Stage: Intergroup Practice to Help BridgeDifferences.

PART THREE: Standing in Between: Third Parties and CulturalConflict.

10 Third-Pary Roles in Cultural Conflict.

PART FOUR: The Way Forward.

11 Stepping into Shared Pictures.



About the Author.


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