The Little Book of Conflict Transformation
The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding
John Paul Lederach
The Little Books of Justice and Peacemaking
This clearly articulated statement offers
- a hopeful and
- workable approach to conflict
– that eternally beleaguering human situation.
John Paul Lederach is internationally recognized for his breakthrough thinking and action related to conflict on all levels
- factions within communities,
- warring nations.
- why “conflict transformation is more appropriate than “conflict resolution” or “management.”
- But he refuses to be drawn into impractical idealism.
Conflict Transformation is an idea with a deep reach. Its practice, says Lederach,
- requires “both solutions and social change.”
- It asks not simply “How do we end something not desired?”, but
- “How do we end something destructive and build something desired?”
- How do we deal with the immediate crisis, as well as the long-term situation?
- What disciplines make such thinking and practices possible?
Lederach, now a scholar with the Joan Kroc Institute of Conflict Studies at the University of Notre Dame, writes out of his years of work i
- Central America,
- in Somalia,
- in Bosnia, and
- in Ireland.
A title in The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series.
1. Conflict Transformation? 3
2. The Lenses of Conflict Transformation 7
3. Defining Conflict Transformation 14
4. Conflict and Change 23
5. Connecting Resolution and Transformation 28
6. Creating a Map of Conflict 34
7. Process-Structures as Platforms for Change 40
8. Developing Our Capacities 48
9. Applying the Framework 61
10. Conclusions 68
11. Endnotes 72
12. Selected Readings 72
13. Related Books by John Paul Lederach 73
14. About the Author 74
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Paul Lederach is
- Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, and a
- Distinguished Scholar with the Conflict Transformation Program at Eastern Mennonite University.
He has worked in the fields of
- conflict transformation and
for more than 20 years. He works extensively in support of international conciliation efforts in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Central Asia, as well as in North America. He has authored and co-edited 15 books and manuals in English and Spanish.
Dr. Lederach received his Ph.D. in Sociology (with a concentration in the Social Conflict Program) from the University of Colorado.
Lederach and his wife, Wendy, have two children, Angie and Josh.