Giving voice, in words and sounds that echo throughout traumatized communities, speaking the unspeakable, can have enormous healing power. They explore the concept of "social healing, " a profoundly important intermediary step between active warfare and reconciliation. And they include inspiring stories of transformation: a mass women's protest movement in Liberia that forces leaders to keep negotiating until a peace agreement is signed; elders in Somalia who walk between warring clans year after year to encourage dialogue; former child soldiers who run drum workshops and grow gardens in refugee camps; and rape victims in Sierra Leone who express their pain in poetry.
With equal measures of insight and compassion, When Blood and Bones Cry Out offers a promising new approach to healing traumatized communities. Instead of relying on more common linear explanations of healing and reconciliation, the Lederachs demonstrate how healing is circular, dynamic, and continuing, even in the midst of ongoing violence.
When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation #ad - Social healing focuses on the lived experience of those who have suffered protracted violence and their need to give voice to that experience, both individually and collectively. Indeed, the lederachs stress the remarkable effects of sound and vibration through tales of Tibetan singing bowls, Van Morrison's transcendent lyrics, the voices of mothers in West Africa, and their own personal journeys.
The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building PeaceOxford University Press #ad - Finding this art, he says, requires a worldview shift. His influential 1997 book Building Peace has become a classic in the discipline. He explores the evolution of his understanding of peacebuilding by reflecting on his own experiences in the field. John paul lederach's work in the field of conciliation and mediation is internationally recognized.
This new book represents his thinking and learning over the past several years. Conflict professionals must envision their work as a creative act - an exercise of what Lederach terms the "moral imagination. ". 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, the Basque Country, Northern Ireland, and the Philippines.
The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace #ad - Peacebuilding, in his view, is both a learned skill and an art.
Little Book of Conflict Transformation: Clear Articulation Of The Guiding Principles By A Pioneer In The Field The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding SeriesGood Books #ad - This clearly articulated statement offers a hopeful and workable approach to conflict—that eternally beleaguering human situation. Its practice, says Lederach, requires "both solutions and social change. It asks not simply "how do we end something not desired?" but "how do we end something destructive and build something desired?" How do we deal with the immediate crisis, as well as the long-term situation? What disciplines make such thinking and practices possible? This title is part of The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding series.
Conflict transformation is an idea with a deep reach. John paul lederach is internationally recognized for his breakthrough thinking and action related to conflict on all levels—person-to-person, factions within communities, warring nations. He explores why "conflict transformation" is more appropriate than "conflict resolution" or "management.
Little Book of Conflict Transformation: Clear Articulation Of The Guiding Principles By A Pioneer In The Field The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series #ad - But he refuses to be drawn into impractical idealism.
Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary ChristiansHerald Press #ad - Emotionally powerful and full of practical advice and resources. Publishers weeklyreconcile: conflict transformation for ordinary Christians, by international mediator John Paul Lederach serves as a guidebook for Christians seeking a scriptural view of reconciliation and practical steps for transforming conflict.
Originally published as the journey toward reconciliation and based on Lederach’s work in war zones on five continents, this revised and updated book tells dramatic stories of what works’t—and what doesn—in entrenched conflicts between individuals and groups. A new section of resources, and pastors, created by mediation professionals, and global conflict, worship resources, offers tools for understanding interpersonal, church, books and websites for further study, professors, and invitations to action in everyday life.
Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians #ad - Free downloadable study guide available here. Lederach leads readers through stories of conflict and reconciliation in Scripture, using these stories as anchors for peacemaking strategies that Christians can put into practice in families and churches. Lederach, also offers new lenses through which to view conflict, who has written twenty-two books and whose work has been translated into more than twelve languages, whether congregational conflicts or global terrorism.
Peacebuilding, Memory and Reconciliation: Bridging Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches Studies in Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding Book 4Routledge #ad - Through an examination of the construction of social narratives about or for peace, the text offers a new perspective on peacebuilding, which challenges and questions the very nature of the dichotomy between ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches. This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, peace and conflict studies, social psychology, political science and IR in general.
This book aims to bridge the gap between what are generally referred to as ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches to peacebuilding. After the experience of a physical and psychological trauma, the period of individual healing and recovery is intertwined with political and social reconciliation. The prospects for social and political reconciliation are undermined when a ‘top-down’ approach is favoured over the ‘bottom-up strategy’- the prioritization of structural stability over societal well-being.
Peacebuilding, Memory and Reconciliation: Bridging Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches Studies in Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding Book 4 #ad - Peacebuilding, memory and reconciliation explores the inextricable link between psychological recovery and socio-political reconciliation, and the political issues that dominate this relationship.
Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach To Peacemaking Little Books of Justice & PeacebuildingGood Books #ad - The practice draws on the ancient Native American tradition of a talking piece. Peacemaking circles are used in neighborhoods to provide support for those harmed by crime and to decide sentences for those who commit crime, in schools to create positive classroom climates and resolve behavior problems, in the workplace to deal with conflict, and in social services to develop more organic support systems for people struggling to get their lives together.
A title in the little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series. Our ancestors gathered around a fire in a circle, families gather around their kitchen tables in circles, and now we are gathering in circles as communities to solve problems.
Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional PathsPenguin Canada #ad - He examines them here with a special focus on residential schools and their power to destabilize entire communities long after the last school has closed. He comes to understand that an appreciation of this perspective is vital to understanding the destructive forces of colonization. Imagine seeing yourself not as a master of Creation, but as the most humble, dependent and vulnerable part.
. Imagine a world in which people see themselves as embedded in the natural order, trees, but also toward rocks, with ethical responsibilities not only toward each other, water and all nature. As a former crown attorney in northern Ontario, Ross witnessed many of these forces. Indigenous healing is a hopeful book, not only for indigenous people, but for all others open to accepting some of their ancient lessons about who we might choose to be.
The author of two previous bestsellers on indigenous themes, Dancing with a Ghost and Returning to the Teachings, Ross shares his continuing personal journey into traditional understanding with all of the confusion, delight and exhilaration of learning to see the world in a different way. Ross sees the beginning of a vibrant future for indigenous people across Canada as they begin to restore their own definition of a “healthy person” and bring that indigenous wellness into being once again.
Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths #ad - Rupert ross explores this indigenous world view and the determination of indigenous thinkers to restore it to full prominence today. With help from many indigenous authors, he explores their emerging conviction that healing is now better described as “decolonization therapy. And the key to healing, they assert, is a return to the traditional indigenous world view.
Reconciliation, Justice, and Coexistence: Theory and PracticeLexington Books #ad - Since the end of the cold war several political agreements have been signed in attempts to resolve longstanding conflicts in such volatile regions as Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel-Palestine, and Rwanda. Mohammed abu-nimer has brought together scholars and practitioners who discuss questions such as: Do truth commissions work? What are the necessary conditions for reconciliation? Can political agreements bring reconciliation? How can indigenous approaches be utilized in the process of reconciliation? In addition to enhancing the developing field of peacebuilding by engaging new research questions, this book will give lessons and insights to policy makers and anyone interested in post-settlement issues.
. This is the first comprehensive volume that examines reconciliation, justice, and coexistence in the post-settlement context from the levels of both theory and practice.
A Moral Theory of Political ReconciliationCambridge University Press #ad - Building on this analysis, she proposes a normative model of political relationships. In this important new book, colleen Murphy offers an innovative analysis of the moral problems plaguing political relationships under the strain of civil conflict and repression. Following extended periods of conflict or repression, political reconciliation is indispensable to the establishment or restoration of democratic relationships and critical to the pursuit of peacemaking globally.
. A moral theory of political reconciliation delivers an original account of the failure and restoration of political relationships, which will be of interest to philosophers, and all those who are interested in transitional justice, global politics, legal scholars, policy analysts, social scientists, and democracy.
A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation #ad - Focusing on the unique moral damage that attends the deterioration of political relationships, Murphy identifies the precise kinds of repair and transformation that processes of political reconciliation ought to promote.
Identity, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice: Overcoming Intractability in Divided SocietiesRoutledge #ad - Using this framework, aiken argues that transitional justice interventions will be successful in promoting reconciliation and sustainable peace to the extent that they can help to catalyze those crucial processes of ‘social learning’ needed to transform the antagonistic relationships and identifications that divide post-conflict societies even after the signing of formal peace agreements.
Combining original field research and an extensive series of expert interviews, Aiken applies this social learning model in a comprehensive examination of both the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the uniquely ‘decentralized’ approach to transitional justice that has emerged in Northern Ireland.
Building upon an interdisciplinary synthesis of recent literature from the fields of transitional justice and conflict transformation, this book introduces a groundbreaking theoretical framework that highlights the critical importance of identity in the relationship between transitional justice and reconciliation in deeply divided societies.
By offering new insight into the experiences of these countries, Aiken provides compelling firsthand evidence to suggest that transitional justice interventions can best contribute to post-conflict reconciliation if they not only provide truth and justice for past human rights abuses, but also help to promote contact, dialogue and the amelioration of structural and material inequalities between former antagonists.
Identity, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice: Overcoming Intractability in Divided Societies #ad - Identity, scholars, reconciliation and transitional Justice makes a timely contribution to debates about how to best understand and address past human rights violations in post-conflict societies, and it offers a valuable resource to students, practitioners and policymakers dealing with these difficult issues.
Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass ViolenceBeacon Press #ad - The rise of collective violence and genocide is the twentieth century's most terrible legacy. Writing with informed, and most notably south africa; war-crime prosecutions in Nuremberg and Bosnia; and reparations in America, East Germany, searching prose of the extraordinary drama of the truth commissions in Argentina, Minow looks at the strategies and results of these riveting national experiments in justice and healing.
Martha minow, a harvard law professor and one of our most brilliant and humane legal minds, offers a landmark book on our attempts to heal after such large-scale tragedy.