Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts: Concepts and Cases

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Overview

<p>Despite a vast amount of effort and expertise devoted to them, many environmental conflicts have remained mired in controversy, stubbornly defying resolution. Why can some environmental problems be resolved in one locale but remain contentious in another, often carrying on for decades? What is it about certain issues or the people involved that make a conflict seemingly insoluble.<p>Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts addresses those and related questions, examining what researchers and experts in the field characterize as "intractable" disputes—intense disputes that persist over long periods of time and cannot be resolved through consensus-building efforts or by administrative, legal, or political means. The approach focuses on the "frames" parties use to define and enact the dispute&#8212the lenses through which they interpret and understand the conflict and critical conflict dynamics. Through analysis of interviews, news media coverage, meeting transcripts, and archival data, the contributors to the book:<ul><li>examine the concepts of frames, framing, and reframing, and the role that framing plays in conflicts<li>outline the essential characteristics of intractability and its major causes<li>offer case studies of eight intractable environmental conflicts<li>present a rich body of original interview material from affected parties<li>set forth recommendations for intervention that can help resolve disputes</ul>Within each case chapter, the authors describe the historical development and fundamental nature of the conflict and then analyze the case from the perspective of the key frames that are integral to understanding the dynamics of the dispute. They also offer cross-case analyses of related conflicts.<p>Conflicts examined include those over natural resource use, toxic pollutants, water quality, and growth. Specific conflicts examined are the Quincy Library Group in California; Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota; Edwards Aquifer in Texas; Doan Brook in Cleveland, Ohio; the Antidegradation Environmental Advisory Group in Ohio; Drake Chemical in Pennsylvania; Alton Park/Piney Woods in Tennessee; and three examples of growth-related conflicts along the Front Range of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559639309
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy J. Lewicki is Dean's Distinguished Teaching Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Ohio State University and lead author of the textbook Essentials of Negotiation, 2nd edition (McGraw-Hill, 2000).

Barbara Gray is professor of organizational behavior and director of the Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation at The Pennsylvania State University.

Michael Elliott is associate professor of city planning and public policy, co-director of the Southeast Negotiation Network, and director of the Public Policy Program, Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Framing of Environmental Disputes 11
2 Intractability: Definitions, Dimensions, and Distinctions 35
3 When Irresolvable Becomes Resolvable: The Quincy Library Group Conflict 63
4 Freeze Framing: The Timeless Dialogue of Intractability Surrounding Voyageurs National Park 91
5 The Edwards Aquifer Dispute: Shifting Frames in a Protracted Conflict 127
6 Comparing Natural Resource Cases 159
7 Doan Brook: Latent Intractability 193
8 Portraits of Self and Others: State-Level Conflict over Water Regulation in Ohio 225
9 Comparing Water Cases 255
10 The Story of Drake Chemical: A Burning Issue 275
11 When the Parents Be Cancer-Free: Community Voice, Toxics, and Environmental Justice in Chattanooga, Tennessee 303
12 Framing Effects in Toxic Disputes: Cross-Case Analysis 333
13 Colorado Growth-Related Environmental Conflicts 355
14 Analysis of Colorado Growth Conflict Frames 387
15 Lessons Learned about the Framing and Reframing of Intractable Environmental Conflicts 409
Bibliography 437
About the Contributors 449
Index 455
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