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The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace / Edition 1

The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace / Edition 1

by John Paul Lederach


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The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace / Edition 1

John Paul Lederach's work in the field of conciliation and mediation is internationally recognized. As founding Director of the Conflict Transformation Program and Institute of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, he has provided consultation and direct mediation in a range of situations from the Miskito/Sandinista conflict in Nicaragua to Somalia, Northern Ireland, the Basque Country, and the Philippines. His influential 1997 book Building Peace has become a classic in the discipline. This new book represents his thinking and learning over the past several years. He explores the evolution of his understanding of peacebuilding by reflecting on his own experiences in the field. Peacebuilding, in his view, is both a learned skill and an art. Finding this art, he says, requires a worldview shift. Conflict professionals must envision their work as a creative act - an exercise of what Lederach terms the "moral imagination."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195174540
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/20/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,076,978
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Paul Lederach is one of the world's foremost experts on peacebuilding and reconciliation. He is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Distinguished Scholar at Eastern Mennonite University's Conflict Transformation Program. Among his many books are The Journey Toward Reconciliation (1999) and Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (1997).

Table of Contents

1On Stating the Problem and Thesis3
2On Touching the Moral Imagination: Four Stories7
3On This Moment: Turning Points21
4On Simplicity and Complexity: Finding the Essence of Peacebuilding31
5On Peace Accords: Image of a Line in Time41
6On the Gift of Pessimism: Insights from the Geographies of Violence51
7On Aesthetics: The Art of Social Change65
8On Space: Life in the Web75
9On Mass and Movement: The Theory of the Critical Yeast87
10On Web Watching: Finding the Soul of Place101
11On Serendipity: The Gift of Accidental Sagacity113
12On Time: The Past That Lies before Us131
13On Pied Pipers: Imagination and Creativity151
14On Vocation: The Mystery of Risk163
15On Conclusions: The Imperative of the Moral Imagination171
Epilogue: A Conversation179

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The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
opinion8dsngr on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This book aims high and, in my opinion, largely fails. When I began this book, fellow classmates told me that I would appreciate it as I am a student of conflict transformation and the creative practices. While I did enjoy Mr.Lederach's unique take on the importance of the arts and the undervaluing of intuitive elements within peacebuiding, I found the writing style almost unreadable. Mr. Lederach wanders from place to place, mentioning everything from spider web watchers to rock-hounding in theories that he himself continuesly undercuts. This, combined with a loose writing structure and an impressive vocabularly, made the book quite difficult to get through. I appreciated the ideas, not their execution. It was however, a good attempt at a field rich with possibility. Better luck next time.