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Speaking of Violence: The Politics and Poetics of Narrative in Conflict Resolution

Sara Cobb


Drawing on narrative theory, this book defines conflict as a narrative process, examines the politics of narrative violence in conflicts, and offers a critical narrative theory, not only for a new definition of conflict, but also as an ethics for both conflict analysis and conflict intervention. The first section of the book opens with a discussion of the complexities of narrating violence and pain, laying the groundwork for why these narratives matter. Subsequent chapters in this section define conflict narratives in terms of their structural features and process dynamics; this description la ... More

Keywords: critical narrative theory, conflict, violence, pain, conflict narratives, conflict resolution, negotiation, dialogue, deliberation, problem-solving

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199826209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Cobb, author
George Mason University

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