From Conflict Resolution to Social Justice: The Work and Legacy of Wallace Warfield
Ph.D., Public Policy, George Mason University
M.P.A, University of Southern California
This reader brings together the writings of Wallace Warfield (1938-2010), the internationally acclaimed and influential authority on conflict resolution. The selected essays highlight the importance of social context in conflicts and the future and potential of the field of Conflict Resolution.
After introducing Warfield's thinking and background, a first section highlights the role of race, ethnicity and culture in conflict, through case studies and step-by-step methods on how to deal with such issues. It also addresses theoretical issues and policymaking. The second section focuses on the role of conflict resolution in society and how it could become the key to building just societies.
Throughout the book, it is clear that the subjects that concerned Warfield are becoming even more relevant today. World conflicts are less between countries and more within communities confronted with socio-cultural clashes as well as issues related to economic deprivation. Individuals who have been victimized by oppressors or oppressive systems are becoming aware of their rights, while globalization and electronic communication are showing them what structural changes -pacific or otherwise- are happening around the world.
Ranging from the local to the international and integrating theory with ideas and practice, this work will be a unique learning resource and reference for both students and practitioners of conflict resolution, while highlighting the legacy and contemporary relevance of a leading thinker.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Kevin Avruch
Introduction: Wallace Warfield and his Work
Part One: Conflict Resolution In Social Context
1. What We Need to Know: Factors of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
2. A Culture of Racism?
3. Managing Racial/Ethnic Conflict for Community Building
4. A Model for Policy Negotiations
5. Moving from Civil War to Civil Society
6. Ruminations on Race, Culture, and Conflict Resolution
Part Two: State of the Field: Role of Conflict Resolution in Society
7. Is Maintaining Peace Always Right?
8. What Is An International Conflict?
9. Is This the Right Thing to Do? A Practical Framework for Ethical Decisions
10. Reflections On Reflective Practice
11. Community Leadership: What Can Be Taught?
12. Farewell, My Friends
Afterword by Sandra Cheldelin
About the Author
Alicia Pfund is the Latin American advisor to the Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University, USA and consultant in S-CAR's activities with Latin America. She is also a mediator with the Circuit and District Courts in Maryland, USA.