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Speaking of ViolenceThe Politics and Poetics of Narrative in Conflict Resolution$
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Sara Cobb

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826209.001.0001

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Narrative Poetics as a Foundation for Politics in Conflict Resolution

Narrative Poetics as a Foundation for Politics in Conflict Resolution

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Speaking of Violence

Sara Cobb

Oxford University Press

“Good” narratives support human development, they are the foundation for peaceful relations, preventing conflict and nurturing a context for learning and exchange. Good narratives are more than formulaic, they are poetic. This chapter offers a poetics for conflict resolution practice, focusing on the role of language not just as a mechanism for the production of meaning, but also as the production of poetry, dense meaning, that is indeterminate, slightly unstable, and evocative. In the context of conflict, the development of narrative itself, in interaction, is enhanced by the presence of certain poetic features of language that are defined as pertinent to critical narrative theory.

Keywords:   poetic, mimesis, serious play

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