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Student Conflict Resolution Bookshelf

Note: Each issue of our Conflict Management in Higher Education Report includes some reviews of books and resources. See our table of contents to past resource reviews for quick access.

On this page we provide somewhat random selection of books on topics we think might interest students exploring our field.

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Title: On the Borders of Crime: Conflict Management and Criminology

By: Kennedy, Leslie W.
Date: 1990
Publisher: New York: Longman
ISBN/ISSN: ASIN: 0801301513
Obtain From: This title is out of print, find in libraries.

Title: Conflict: Resolution and Provention

By: Burton, John
Date: 1990
This book is a historical and theoretical overview of approaches to conflict resolution. It particularly emphasizes a problem-solving approach to conflict resolution, and the need for conflict prevention (provention). The work will be of interest to those seeking a general understanding of historical and contemporary approaches to conflict resolution.
Publisher: New York: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 295

Title: Identity, Ideology and Conflict: The Structuration of Politics in Northern Ireland

By: Cash, John Daniel
Date: 1996
This work focuses on "the politics of identity", or the underlying ideologies and identity affiliations, that underlie conflicts in Northern Ireland. Unionism in Northern Ireland, past and present, is analysed in detail to illustrate the strengths of this new approach.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 8
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0521550521

Title: Using Peer Mediation in Classrooms and Schools: Strategies for Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators

By: Gilhooley, James; Scheuch, Nannette S.
Date: 2000
This book offers not only a hands-on training agenda that can be adapted to elementary or secondary grades, but also a step-by-step approach to introducing peer mediation to administrators, faculty and staff, students, parents, and the community.
Publisher: Corwin Press
Pages: 103
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0761976507(hardcover), 0761976515(paperback)
Obtain From: Sage Publications, Inc.

Title: Conflict: Readings in Management & Resolution (Conflict Series)

By: Burton, John; Dukes, Frank
Date: 1990
This book is a collection of essays intended to provide an introduction to and overview of the theoretical foundations of the field of conflict resolution. These essays include both classic texts and contemporary contributions to the field.
Publisher: New York: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 354
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN 0312040849

Title: Helping Teens Stop Violence: A Practical Guide for Counselors, Educators, and Parents (2nd Edition)

By: Creighton, Allan ; Knievel, Paul
Date: 1992
Based on programs developed by the Oakland Men's Project, this book offers a proactive, multicultural approach for getting at the roots of violent behavior. The activities and workshops described in the book explore how violence manifests in families and dating; how issues of race, gender, and age are involved; and how teens can work to stop the violence in their lives. It includes curricula for classrooms and support groups, and strategies to support peer counselors and help abused teens. -Hunter House Publishers
Publisher: Alameda, CA: Hunter House
Pages: 152
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0897931157
Obtain From: Libraries and major booksellers.

Title: Academic Supermarkets: A Critical Case Study of a Multiversity

By: Altbac, Philip; Laufer, R.; et al.
Date: 1971
This edited volume chronicles some of the student upheaval evident in the late 1960s in the United States. Includes articles on topics such as the "Anatomy of Faculty Conflict", "Departmental Clashes", "Four Decades of Activism" (charting student initiated conflicts from 1930-1968) and "Generational Conflict."
Publisher: San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Pages: 369

Title: Conflict and Culture: Research in Five Communities in Vancouver, British Columbia

By: LeBaron Duryea, Michelle ; Grundison, J. Bruce
Date: 1993
This second publication of the Multiculturalism and Dispute Resolution Project chronicles and analyzes the results of field research in Vancouver during 1992. This research explored attitudes toward conflict and conflict resolution as well as traditional and transitional ways of addressing conflicts used by immigrants to British Columbia. A multicultural team of researchers gathered in-depth information about community needs and preferences and about the ways traditional methods of resolving conflict influence dispute resolution choices of both recent and established immigrants in British Columbia. The research reveals a close connection between how respondents from the five communities perceive and experience conflicts, and problems related to settling in a new country.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC: University of Victoria: Institute for Dispute Resolution
ISBN/ISSN: ASIN: 1550580469
Obtain From: This title is out of print, find in libraries.

Title: Opportunities Missed, Opportunities Seized: Preventive Diplomacy in the Post-Cold War World

By: Jentleson, Bruce W., ed.; Holl, Jane. E.; et al.
Date: 1999
This is a comprehensive discussion of the role of preventive diplomacy in the post-Cold War world. Topics include the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the breakup of Yugoslavia, the on-going nuclear threat, and ethnic conflicts in Africa.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Pages: 456
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0847685586(hardcover), 0847685594(paperback)
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Tenure, Discrimination, and the Courts (2nd Edition)

By: Leap, Terry L.
Date: 1995
This book examines issues related to faculty tenure, discrimination, and court litigation at American colleges and universities. It also analyzes legal cases, court rulings, personnel practices, and specific types of discrimination germane to reappointment, promotion, or denial of tenure in higher education. Individual chapters concentrate on the potential effects of discrimination legislation; employment discrimination and relevant legislation; the reappointment, promotion, and tenure process; judicial intervention in promotion and tenure disputes; criteria for making promotion and tenure decisions; the burden of proof in college and university discrimination cases; the confidentiality of the peer review process; remedies for employment discrimination in academia; and preventing employment suits. An appendix provides an overview of selected cases. (MDM)
Publisher: St. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press
Pages: 247
Obtain From: Cornell University Press

Title: Tao of Peace: Lessons from Ancient China on the Dynamics of Conflict, The

By: Chen, Wang; Sawyer, Ralph D; Sawyer, Meri-Chun Lee
Date: 2000
This book is a philosophical discussion of the causes of conflict and solutions for peace. Using Laozi's Dao De Jin, Wang Chen, a ninth century Chinese military commander, emphasizes the practicality of nonviolence and the role of a leader to achieve peace.
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Pages: 256
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 1570625115
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Preventing and Managing Conflict in Schools

By: Katz, Neil H.; Lawyer, John W.
Date: 1994
This book focuses on specific ways to manage conflict, including: agreement management, facilitation, consensus decision making, and mediation.
Publisher: Corwin Press
Pages: 80
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0803961464
Obtain From: Sage Publications, Inc.

Title: But She Started It!: A Conflict Resolution Manual for Parents and Teachers

By: Heitfield, Judye L.
Date: 1999
This is a manual for parents and teachers to help them learn the skills needed to resolve conflict productively with their children and students.
Publisher: First Books Library
Pages: 98
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 1587211270
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Reconstructing Justice: An Agenda for Trial Reform

By: Strier, Franklin
Date: 1996
In this book, the author not only addresses problems with the American trial system, but proposes reform. Arguing that lawyers need to share more power with the judge and jury, Strier recommends ways we can retain and improve the basic adversarial system.
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0226777189
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Bureaucratic Versus Loose Coupling Governance: Ownership or Chaos in Managing Conflict?

By: Caliguri, Joseph P.; et al.
Date: 1984
The first section of this document relates a case involving governance problems at a private education institution. The second section gives teaching notes for the use of this case in any course focusing on leadership, organizational governance, or general management or in various topical courses. In the case recounted, an institution recognized for its collegial governance and administrative team leadership began to experience management and financial problems. To deal with these problems, the Board of Governors decided to create the position of president. The first president resigned after a year; the second resigned before the end of his first year. A team of three university professors was requested by the board chairman to evaluate the second president's performance; documents were analyzed, institutional assessment interviews with the president and administrators were conducted, and recommendations to the board and its constituents were presented. The issues that emerged were related to the differing governance philosophies and leadership styles that produced conflict among the institutional participants. The teaching notes give guidelines on the teaching objectives of the case, the position of the case in the course, assignment questions, and discussion strategies. An analysis of the issues involved is also provided. Five references are listed. (DCS)
Pages: 16