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

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"This sparkling, brilliant, easy to read book, replete with fascinating stories, is about the problems we face in trying to understand and heal cross-cultural conflicts, at all levels of society. It shows you how to bridge successfully the gap between culture and conflict and is a must read for any student of human nature."
U.S. Ambassador John W. McDonald, chairman and CEO, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

"Twenty-first century society is global. Without becoming skillful at building bridges across cultures, our global society will not succeed. Bridging Cultural Conflicts is must reading for all of us who care about creating a positive future."
Nancy J. Adler, professor of International Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

"Bridging Cultural Conflicts is a must read for the cross-cultural sojourner. No matter if it be Japan, Zimbabwe, Peru, Holland, the Peace Corps, the Marine Corps, or your church's overseas work camp, there will come a time when you are suddenly "the stranger." Profound things happen at that juncture. It is a teachable moment. You can quit and go home, curl up in a ball, or go hang with your own people. Or you can make the leap into new realms of experience. LeBaron's primer shows you the way. Her path is cultural fluency, comfort with differences, and the search for common humanity. Follow it."
Peter S. Adler, director, Center for Science and Public Policy, Keystone Center, Keystone, Colorado

"Bridging Cultural Conflicts is a wonderful blend of personal experience and insight, new lenses for understanding differences, and practical approaches for working with individuals and groups when diversity may be a barrier to collaboration."
Christopher Moore, partner, CDR Associates and author, The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict

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What People Are Saying

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

"Bridging Cultural Conflicts invites us to embrace conflict in the cultural borderlands where fear, discomfort, and unpredictability reign. This remarkable book will challenge you to develop relational capacities that go far beyond the mechanistic assumptions underlying analytical and problem- solving paradigms."
— Mark McCrea, mediator, Minnesota Department of Labor

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

"This book effectively articulates cross-cultural issues and methods for resolution of conflicts specific to these issues. It is heartwarming to read a book that can be useful immediately and connects 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: 475,965
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle LeBaron is professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. LeBaron teaches about conflict, culture, and creativity and writes poetry by the sea. She consults with groups and organizations around the world on issues related to diversity, identity, meaning-making, and spirituality. 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 Starting Points.

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 Bridge Differences.

8 Out of the Fire: Interpersonal Practices to Help Bridge Differences.

9 On the Larger Stage: Intergroup Practice to Help Bridge Differences.

PART THREE: Standing in Between: Third Parties and Cultural Conflict.

10 Third-Pary Roles in Cultural Conflict.

PART FOUR: The Way Forward.

11 Stepping into Shared Pictures.



About the Author.


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