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Conflict Mediation Across Cultures: Pathways and Patterns [Paperback]

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Pages   310
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.7" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1995
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664256090  
EAN  9780664256098  

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Augsburger boldly suggests that we can even reach the point of enjoying differences once we learn how to understand the cultural, psychological and social background from which these emerge. Oh yes, the spiritual and religious issues are also a vital part of the total scenario which produces conflict.

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Believing not only that conflict is inevitable in human life but that it is essential and can be quite constructive, Augsburger proposes a shift to an international approach in resolving conflict. Augsburger focuses on interpersonal and group conflicts and provides a comparison of conflict patterns within and among various cultures.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Augsburger is the author of more than 20 books on pastoral counseling, marriage, conflict, and human relations. He is a professor of pastoral counseling at Fuller Theological Seminary and has also taught at seminaries in Chicago, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. For over a decade, he served as radio spokesperson for the Mennonite Churches, and he has written feature articles that have appeared in over 100 different periodicals. An ordained minister of the Mennonite Church and a diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Augsburger leads workshops internationally.

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Conflict Mediation   Feb 22, 2008
Purchase text book for Daughters MBA coarse. I did not read it, however it is requred reading for a MBA coarse. I am going to assume that if the professor requires the book it must be the best choice on the subject matter.
Seminal  Jun 10, 2003
Augsberger writes of the many different ways that cultures interact with each other, and how cultures approach conflict. There are many ways to approach conflict: different approaches to gender conflict, different beliefs on the nature of shame and "saving face", different ideas on what is effective resolution- and all are equally valid, with both good and evil in the different cultures, and the different methods.

On one level Augsberger is highly readable. He begins each chapter with numerous stories and fables from different cultures on the various conflicts- myths which are highly illuminating, teaching about cultures and about the nature of conflict, as only parables can. Interspersed in each chapter are many other stories and sharings from real life.

However, Augsberger may be one of the most intelligent authors I have ever read. He brings in *so* much, from so many different disciplines, that one feels swamped with information, all integrated in web-like structure, much as most of us feel on reading Finnegan's Wake. It's incredibly well-written, with multi-layers to a Biblical degree, but Augsberger's a lot smarter than I am (and I don't say that often), and this book is *thick*. You'll enjoy it, but read it slowly, and gain the depths and the heights of the change he has to offer.

I'd highly recommend Augsberger's Pastoral Counseling Across Cultures, which explores many of these same themes. And B.J. Prashantham's Indian Case Studies in Therapeutic Counseling as well. B.J. uses his own experiences as an Indian therapist, relating to those within his culture or other cultures in India, providing a very emic perspective on these questions of the nature of conflict and resolution.


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