The State of the Art and the Need for Context-Grounded Practice in Conflict Resolution

  • Tamra Pearson d’EstréeEmail author
  • Ruth J. Parsons
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


This chapter reviews recent decades of theory, research, and practice on culture and conflict resolution, and frames these in the context of three waves: spreading Western innovations as universally applicable, recognizing cultural lenses and variations, and documenting specific conflict resolution cultures. It also makes the case for the need to explore how cultures interact and evolve, resulting in new conflict resolution models and new best practices. Last, it reviews the questions and analytical framework given to chapter authors, and introduces their cases.


Innovation Dissemination Diffusion Integration Cultural models Traditional practices Conflict resolution Western institutional models Developmental waves Mediation ADR Individualistic Collective Diversity Indigenous practices Cultural encounters 


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