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Mediating Across DifferenceOceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution$
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Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834593.001.0001

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Conflict Resolution and Decolonisation

Conflict Resolution and Decolonisation

Aboriginal Australian Case Studies in ‘Enlarged Thinking’

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(p.100) Chapter 5 Conflict Resolution and Decolonisation
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Mediating Across Difference
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Deborah Bird Rose

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834593.003.0006

This chapter further explores Indigenous contributions to conflict resolution by explaining the role of stories as a vehicle for managing time and relationships in processes of conflict management. It highlights the importance of relationship: in contrast to the typical position of the Western mediator as a neutral or impartial outsider, the mediator position in Aboriginal society is constituted such that people are so complexly involved that they cannot take sides. The chapter also explores the importance of violent yet rule-governed expression of emotions, the cross-cutting of differences by relationships so that difference is primarily complementary rather than hierarchical, and the importance of ritual for conflict management.

Keywords:   Indigenous conflict resolution, Aboriginal society, Aboriginal Australia, stories, relationships, mediators, conflict management

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