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.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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
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