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Journal of Mediation Theory and Practice Back Issues: 2017-2

Journal of Mediation Theory and Practice Back Issues: 2017-2

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The back issue(s) for the year above for the Journal - Mediation Theory and Practice.

These issues were published by Equinox Publishing and will be despatched promptly after order, sometimes separately to other items you might order.

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Contents for 2017-2

Research Article: A listener’s stance-taking in mediation by Matthew Bruce Ingram, University of Texas at Austin and Madeline M. Maxwell. This article analyses a highly acrimonious conflict mediation session between a previous romantic couple in order to illustrate how one listening disputant’s embodied stances influence the trajectory of another disputant’s unfolding narrative. For example, even without speaking, the listener’s facial expression and postures serve to refuse the other speaker’s participant framework. In order to unpack the complexity of this interaction, we drew on both conversation analytic and dialogic notions of stance. We found that to analyse embodied stances in our data requires an understanding of both the local sequential analysis of the unfolding orientations of the participants as embodied stances are being deployed, as well as the larger interactional patterns that occur across the entire mediation session. This case study illustrates the challenge, to mediators and researchers alike, posed by unequal access to the disputant’s shared background knowledge.

Learning from Zuni war gods: repatriating alternative dispute resolution for practice and research by Alexandra Crampton, Marquette University This article applies lessons learned from the Zuni people of the southwestern United States about successful and sustainable intervention as a metaphor to address common tensions among alternative dispute resolution (ADR) scholars and practitioners. These tensions are found in professionalisation, institutionalisation and identification of best practices. Through example of Zuni efforts to repatriate sacred artefacts known as Ahuy: da, I argue that ADR is an intervention that works best through direct and ongoing dialogue rather than rigid adherence to a set of standards. The problem lies in how such adherence can limit and distort rather than inform or support best practices in research as well as mediation practice. I propose qualitative, ethnographic field research as a way to address this problem, and provide an example from ongoing study of a US family court mediation programme.

Practice ArticleRelational-gestalt theory: The psychology of interpersonal conflict resolution by Mike Talbot, UK Mediation Ltd. Current mediation practice lacks a coherent theory of the psychological factors that underlie interpersonal conflict and its resolution. Various models describe different ways to conduct mediation, yet there is insufficient explanation of the psychology of why and how these models often do, and sometimes do not, work. In this article, a new explanation of interpersonal conflict resolution is presented. Termed relational-gestalt theory, this explanation looks at conflict as a failure of an interpersonal relationship, and is based around the principles of gestalt theory. Relational-gestalt theory is compared with a number of extant mediation models, and its applicability is considered for various types and levels of disputes. The intention is to provide additional theoretical insights into the models and processes that guide the practice of interpersonal mediators, consultants and trainers.

Practice Article: Civic mediation and social partnership by Brendan McAllister, Esther Brooker, Abdul Rahim, Louise Cunningham, and Sam Tedcastle from the Centre for Good Relations, UK. Civic mediation is an emerging practice within the field of conflict resolution and peace-building. Drawing on the core principles of mediation in addition to wider peace-building concepts, civic mediation was developed to strengthen relations at civic leadership levels in Northern Ireland during intense conflict and societal division. It works at an inter-personal level, focusing on the relationships of people within systems that are relevant to current or historical societal discord. This paper describes the development and principles of civic mediation, and its application in peace-building and reconciliation. It explores the role of mediators in building a common agenda between affected parties and the way in which they can facilitate a process to enable an outcome that is more likely to be accepted by all. It concludes with some suggestions for the future development of civic mediation, including capacity building and evaluation.

Note: Complete Sets of Back Issues for the Journal up to 2023 are available here (8 issues).

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