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Mediation and Identity Conflicts<sup>1</sup>

Joshua Lerner Smilovitz

in The Slippery Slope to Genocide

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791743
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919222 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791743.003.0010
Mediation and Identity Conflicts1

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This chapter develops a conceptual analysis examining the steps required for mediators to successfully resolve internal identity conflicts. It explores examples of religious and ethnic conflict, interpretations of identity, and the limitations of the rationalist, contingency, structuralist, and social-psychological approaches to mediation. The chapter also discusses the critical importance of issues such as who mediates, how they mediate and when they mediate, as well as the relevance of tangible and intangible factors. By providing a model for practitioners and academics to approach and comprehend identity conflicts, this chapter furthers understanding of the practice of international mediation.

Keywords: mediation; conflict management; conflict resolution; emotions; identity; ethnicity; religion; culture; conflict; territory

Chapter.  12690 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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