Transforming Violent Conflict: Radical Disagreement, Dialogue and Survival

Transforming Violent Conflict: Radical Disagreement, Dialogue and Survival

by Oliver Ramsbotham

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This book investigates intractable conflicts and their main verbal manifestation - radical disagreement - and explores what can be done in the communicative sphere when conflict resolution fails.

Conflict resolution sees radical disagreement as a terminus to dialogue that must be overcome from the outset, not learnt from. The book argues that, on the contrary, radical disagreement - agonistic dialogue - is the key to linguistic intractability. When dialogue for mutual understanding proves premature, it is agonistic dialogue that needs to be acknowledged, explored, understood and managed through a strategic engagement of discourses. This is illustrated through the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It begins not with exchanges between conflict parties but with inclusive strategic dialogue within them. This approach challenges some of the basic assumptions in the fields of discourse analysis, conflict analysis, and conflict resolution, and opens up new possibilities for discursive engagement. It also has wider implications for cognate disciplines, such as applied ethics, democratic theory, cultural studies, and the philosophy of difference.

This book will be of great Interest to students of conflict resolution, peace and conflict studies, ethnic conflict, security studies and international relations, as well as to practitioners and analysts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415552080
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/25/2010
Series: Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 9.21(d)

About the Author

Oliver Ramsbotham is Emeritus Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford, UK, Chair of the Oxford Research Group, President of the Conflict Research Society and co-author of Conflict Resolution in Contemporary Conflict.

Table of Contents

List of figures and boxes ix

Preface xi

Prologue: having The first word 1

Part I Radical disagreement and intractable conflict 15

1 Radical disagreement and discourse analysis 17

2 Radical disagreement and conflict analysis 33

3 Radical disagreement and conflict resolution 52

Part II Radical disagreement and the transformation of violent conflict 93

4 Methodology: studying agonistic dialogue 95

5 Phenomenology: exploring agonistic dialogue 109

6 Epistemology: understanding agonistic dialogue 133

7 Praxis: managing agonistic dialogue 165

8 Re-entry: feeding back into conflict settlement and conflict transformation 205

Part III Radical disagreement and the future: theoretical and practical implications 223

9 Radical disagreement and human difference 225

10 Radical disagreement and human survival 240

Epilogue: having the last word 249

Glossary 253

References 255

Index 267

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