The Use of the Word and Its Limits
Dialogue as Peacemaking
The discussion argues that words and dialog must not be the only path of reconciliation that is explored in conflict resolution – nonverbal cues, symbols, and deeds are also important. Other problems with dialogic encounters are also addressed – the disempowering of the less educated, the favoring of the more verbal and aggressive, and the unsatisfactory nature of interactions in larger groups. Shared education and study, and other informal contacts are discussed as the means toward mutual understanding and conflict resolution. Examples are given from the conflict and from the Falklands War (which is described in terms of a Protestant/Catholic communication failure).
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