People, Peace and Power

People, Peace and Power : Conflict Transformation in Action

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Millions of people around the world live in countries torn apart by war, where violence and suffering are part of everyday life. Yet in all those countries there are groups of people working for peace in the midst of war, standing up for human rights and decency. What difference can they make? What can be done to support them, and to help dialogue to happen in the midst of hostility and violence?

This book examines these questions, focusing on the roles that ordinary people can play as peace builders in societies where violence and antagonism have become the norm, where inter-communal relationships are fractured or where institutions and the rule of law have collapsed.

It examines the theory and practice of conflict transformation and its relevance for different cultures and contexts. Using extensive case studies taken from practical workshops - the most frequently used form of conflict intervention - in the Balkans and around the world, it shows both the power and the complexity of such encounters.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 22mm | 399.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745318355
  • 9780745318356
  • 2,218,858

About Diana Francis

Diana Francis has been described as one of the most experienced practitioners of conflict resolution. She is a former President of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and Chair of the Committee for Conflict Transformation Support. Her previous books, People, Peace and Power and Rethinking War and Peace are published by Pluto Press.
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Review quote

'Diana Francis is one of the world's most experienced and able facilitators in conflict transformation. Her book is one of the first comprehensive assessments of the role that workshops can play in peace-building' -- Hugh Miall, Lancashire University 'An honest and very personal account, which sets it apart from the numerous training manuals' that are now on the market' -- Andrew Rigby, head of the Centre for the Study of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Coventry University
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Table of contents


Acronyms and Abbreviations

Part I :Thinking about Conflict Transformation

1. Introduction

2. Theory for Conflict Transformation

3. Culture and Conflict Transformation

Part II: From Theory to Practice: Training and Dialogue

4. Workshops: Aims, Content and Methodology

5. Transcending Culture: International Relations in Microcosm

6. North-South Relations: A Pan-African Workshop

7. Women Peacemakers: Transforming Relationships, Finding Power

8. Surviving History: A Story of Dialogue in the Balkans

9. Putting Respect into Practice

Part III: Looking to the Future

10. Good Practice

11. Making a Difference: Challenge and Change


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