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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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Mediating Difference in Uchi Space

Mediating Difference in Uchi Space

Conflict Management Lessons from Japan

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(p.205) Chapter 10 Mediating Difference in Uchi Space
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Mediating Across Difference
Author(s):

Jacqueline Wasilewski

Norifumi Namatame

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834593.003.0011

This chapter revolves around an examination of traditional Japanese modes of conflict prevention, management, and resolution. The study is informed by an exchange between an intercultural communication scholar and an international relations academic. Focusing on the concept of uchi, which denotes an ‘inside’ or ‘us’ space, the chapter contemplates the extent to which the resulting insights may still be of relevance today. It argues that the three ensuing Japanese cultural ideas regarding consensus, dialogue, and fairness can be placed alongside a fourth concept, takakuteki, which emphasises multidimensional engagements. This ‘multiplicity orientation’, which accepts and accommodates contradictions that might not be tenable from mainstream Western perspectives, offers possibilities for enriching contemporary conflict resolution.

Keywords:   uchi, takakuteki, Japan, multidimensional engagements, multiplicity orientation

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