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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: 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: Postmodern Insurgencies: Political Violence, Identity Formation, and Peacemaking in Comparative Perspective

By: Munck, Ronaldo, ed.; De Silva, Purnaka L., ed.; Dieng, Adama
Date: 1999
This book is a series of essays by various authors examining contemporary examples of political violence, identity, and peacemaking. Countries discussed include Argentina, El Salvador, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Ethiopia, Palestine, Somalia, and Sri Lanka.
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Pages: 304
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0312226292
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice: Integration and Application

By: van der Merwe, Hugo, ed.; Sandole, Dennis J. D., ed.
Date: 1993
This collection of diverse essays provides a broad overview of the field of conflict resolution.
Publisher: New York: Manchester University Press
ISBN/ISSN: 719037476
Obtain From: Major Booksellers, Libraries

Title: Cultural Divides: Understanding and Overcoming Group Conflict

By: Prentice, Deborah A., ed.; Miller, Dale T., ed.
Date: 1999
Can a population of increasingly mixed origins learn to live and work together despite differing cultural backgrounds? Or, is social polarization by race and ethnicity inevitable? These are the dilemmas explored in Cultural Divides, a compendium of the latest research into the origins and nature of group conflict, undertaken by a distinguished group of social psychologists who have joined forces to examine the effects of culture on social life. -Russel Sage Foundation
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Pages: 368
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0871546906
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Nutshell

By: Noolan-Haley, Jacqueline M.
Date: 1992
This book provides a broad range of information on Alternative Dispute Resolution, including negotiation, arbitration, and mediation. The book is geared toward helping people gain a better overall understanding of ADR procedures.
Publisher: West Information Publising Group
Pages: 298
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0314007814
Obtain From: Major booksellers and libraries.

Title: Making Peace Prevail: Preventing Violent Conflict in Macedonia (Peace and Conflict Resolution)

By: Ackermann, Alice
Date: 2000
This book examines the efforts to promote peace in Macedonia through preventive intervention by both domestic and international interests.
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Pages: 272
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0815606028
Obtain From: major booksellers

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: Power and Conflict: Toward a General Theory

By: Blalock, Hubert M.
Date: 1989
Publisher: Sage Publications
Pages: 266
ISBN/ISSN: ASIN: 0803935943
Obtain From: This title is out of print, find in libraries.

Title: Leadership Skills for Department Chairs

By: Gmelch, Walter H; Miskin, Val D
Date: 1993
This book discusses The Call for Leadership, Developing an Academic Team, Department Planning: Analysis and Direction, Department Results: Goal Setting, Managing Time: For Department Chairs Only, Managing Conflict Creatively: Valuing Diverse Perspectives, Coping with Stress: Maintaining Your Enthusiasm, and Leadership Trade-Offs and Pay-Offs. -Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
Publisher: Bolton, MA: Anker Pub. Co.

Title: Ombudsman Handbook

By: Hendry, James B.
Date: 1987
This handbook explains the process of settling short-term insurance claims through memoranda and other documents used in the office of the Short-term Insurance Ombudsman.
Publisher: Corporate Ombudsman Assoc., Inc.
Pages: 60+

Title: Teaching Democracy by Being Democratic

By: Becker, Theodore L., ed.; Couto, Richard A., ed.
Date: 1996
This volume links theory to practice by featuring tested techniques in teaching democracy by being democratic in the classroom. The book is divided into three parts and six chapters with an introduction presenting a theoretical and analytical framework of democracy and democratic pedagogy. Part 1 features "The Democratic Classroom" and includes (1) "Students in Charge" (William R. Caspary) and (2) "Personal Empowerment" (Louis Herman). Part 2, "Beyond Classrooms and Internships," contains (3) "Service Learning: Integrating Community Issues and the Curriculum" (Richard A. Couto) and (4) "Applying Democratic Theory in Community Organizations (Richard Guarasci; Craig A. Rimmerman). Part 3, "Innovative Democratic Institutions within the University," discusses (5) "The Community Mediation Service: A Model for Teaching Democracy and Conflict Resolution" (Christa Daryl Slaton) and (6) "Televote: Interactive, Participatory Polling" (Theodore L. Becker). The volume concludes with an afterword, a bibliography, and an index. (CB)
Publisher: Westport, CT: Praeger
Pages: 184

Title: Conflict in Personal Relationships

By: Cahn, Dudley
Date: 1994
This book is organized into two parts. The first focuses on conflict on different types of couple relationships -- homosexual, cross cultural, dating but violent, engaged, and married -- and group relationships -- student peers, parents and their young children, and adult children and their aging parents. The chapters not only review past research on conflict in some relationships, but also take a significant step forward in introducing a variety of other relationship types for future research on conflict. These chapters also offer evidence that conflict is experienced differently in different types of interpersonal relationships. The second part of this book describes basic underlying principles and programs for dealing with interpersonal conflicts. Chapters in this section discuss patterns of argument in everyday life, issues associated with competence in interpersonal conflict, and mediation as a form of intervention for resolution. -Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Publisher: Hillsdale NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates

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: Violent Conflict and the Transformation of Social Capital: Lessons from Cambodia, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Somalia

By: Colletta, Nat J.; Cullen, Michelle L.
Date: 2000
This book uses the examples of Cambodia, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Somalia to discuss the transformation that results in a violent conflict.
Publisher: World Bank
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0821344129
Obtain From: major booksellers

Title: Conflict Resolution in the Schools: A Manual for Educators

By: Girard, Kathryn; Koch, Susan J.
Date: 1996
Based on material developed by the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (NIDR) and the former National Association for Mediation in Education (now merged with the NIDR Youth Program), this practical resource guide shows educators how to diagnose conflicts, handle difficult confrontations, and implement appropriate mediation and problem-solving strategies.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
Pages: 400
ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 0-7879-0235-7W01
Obtain From: Jossey-Bass