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Culture is the lens through which we make sense of the world. In any conflict, from petty disputes to wars between nation-states, the players invariably view that conflict through the filter of their own cultural experiences. This innovative volume prompts us to pause and think through our most fundamental assumptions about how conflict arises and how it is resolved.

Even as certain culturally based disputes, such as the high-profile cases in which an immigrant engages in conduct considered normal in the homeland but which is explicitly illegal in his/her new country, enter public consciousness, many of the most basic intersections of culture and conflict remain unexamined. How are some processes cultured, gendered, or racialized? In what ways do certain groups and cultures define such concepts as "justice" and "fairness" differently? Do women and men perceive events in similar fashion, use different reasoning, or emphasize disparate values and goals?

Spanning a wide array of disciplines, from anthropology and psychology to law and business, and culling dozens of intriguing essays, The Culture and Conflict Reader is edited for maximum pedagogical usefulness and represents a bedrock text for anyone interested in conflict and dispute resolution.

Contributors include: Kevin Avruch, Peter W. Black, Jeffrey Z. Rubin, Frank E. A. Sander, John Paul Lederach, Heather Forest, Sara Cobb, Janet Rifkin, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Laura Nader, Pat Chew, Stella Ting-Toomey, Harry C. Triandis, Christopher McCusker, C. Harry Hui, Anita Taylor, Judi Beinstein Miller, Carol Gilligan, Trina Grillo, James W. Grosch, Karen G. Duffy, Paul V. Olczak, Michele Hermann, Martha Chamallas, Loraleigh Keashly, Phil Zuckerman, Tracy E. Higgins, Howard Gadlin, Janie Victoria Ward, Kyeyoung Park, Taunya Lovell Banks, Margaret Read MacDonald, Mary Patrice Erdmans, Manu Aluli Meyer, Doriane Lambelet Coleman, Bruce D. Bonta, Paul E. Salem, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Marc H. Ross, Z.D. Gurevitch, Mari J. Matsuda, Charles R. Lawrence III, Hsien Chin Hu, Glenn R. Butterton,Walter Otto Weyrauch, Maureen Anne Bell, Martti Gronfors, Thomas Donaldson, Marjorie Shostak, and Heather Forest.
Table of Contents

Part I: Approaching Conflict and Culture: Inquiries, Assumptions, and Constructs


1 Conflict Resolution in Intercultural Settings: Problems and Prospects
Kevin Avruch and Peter W. Black

2 Culture, Negotiation, and the Eye of the Beholder
Jeffrey Z. Rubin and Frank E. A. Sander

3 Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation across Cultures
John Paul Lederach

4 Everyone Agrees to Peace
Heather Forest

5 Practice and Paradox: Deconstructing Neutrality in Mediation
Sara Cobb and Janet Rifkin

6 In a Grove
Ryunosuke Akutagawa

7 Harmony Models and the Construction of Law
Laura Nader

8 Vantage Point
Pat K. Chew

9 Toward a Theory of Conflict and Culture
Stella Ting-Toomey

10 Multimethod Probes of Individualism and Collectivism
Harry C. Triandis, Christopher McCusker, and C. Harry Hui

Part II: Gender and Conflict


11 The Necessity of Seeing Gender in Conflict
Anita Taylor and Judi Beinstein Miller

12 In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development
Carol Gilligan

13 The Mediation Alternative: Process Dangers for Women
Trina Grillo

14 Role of Ethnic and Gender Differences in Mediated Conflicts
James W. Grosch, Karen G. Duffy, and Paul V. Olczak

15 New Mexico Research Examines Impact of Gender and Ethnicity in Mediation
Michele Hermann

16 The Architecture of Bias: Deep Structures in Tort Law
Martha Chamallas

17 Gender and Conflict: What Does Psychological ResearchTell Us?
Loraleigh Keashly

18 Gender Regulation as a Source of Religious Schism
Phil Zuckerman

19 Anti-Essentialism, Relativism, and Human Rights
Tracy E. Higgins

Part III: Ethnicity, Race, and Conflict


20 Conflict Resolution, Cultural Differences, and the Culture of Racism
Howard Gadlin

21 "Eyes in the Back of Your Head": Moral Themes in African American Narratives of Racial Conflict
Janie Victoria Ward

22 Use and Abuse of Race and Culture: Black-Korean Tension in America
Kyeyoung Park

23 Both Edges of the Margin: Blacks and Asians in Mississippi Masala, Barriers to Coalition-Building
Taunya Lovell Banks

24 Not Our Problem
Margaret Read MacDonald

25 Immigrants and Ethnics: Conflict and Identity in Chicago Polonia
Mary Patrice Erdmans

6 To Set Right: Ho'oponopono, A Native Hawaiian Way of Peacemaking
Manu Aluli Meyer

27 Individualizing Justice through Multiculturalism: The Liberals' Dilemma
Doriane Lambelet Coleman

Part IV: Global Perspectives


28 Conflict Resolution among Peaceful Societies: The Culture of Peacefulness
Bruce D. Bonta

29 A Critique of Western Conflict Resolution from a Non-Western Perspective
Paul E. Salem

30 Conflict Resolution Approaches: Western and Middle EasternLessons and Possibilities
Mohammed Abu-Nimer

31 The Relevance of Culture for the Study of Political Psychologyand Ethnic Conflict
Marc Howard Ross

32 The Power of Not Understanding: The Meeting of Conflicting Identities
Z. D. Gurevitch

33 The Telltale Heart: Apology, Reparation, and Redress
Mari J. Matsuda and Charles R. Lawrence III

34 The Chinese Concepts of 'Face'
Hsien Chin Hu

35 Pirates, Dragons, and U.S. Intellectual Property Rights inChina: Problems and Prospects of Chinese Enforcement
Glenn R. Butterton

36 Autonomous Lawmaking: The Case of the 'Gypsies'
Walter Otto Weyrauch and Maureen Anne Bell

37 Institutional Non-Marriage in the Finnish Roma Community and Its Relationship to Rom Traditional Law
Martti Gronfors

38 Values in Tension: Ethics Away from Home
Thomas Donaldson

39 Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman
Marjorie Shostak

40 How War Was Ended
Heather Forest

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Social conflict.
Culture conflict.
Ethnic conflict.
Conflict management.