Patterns of Encounter and Integration: Navigating Culture in Conflict Resolution Capacity-Building

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


This chapter summarizes the cultural contexts encountered in these mediation innovation projects such as societal transitions and reforms, cultural shifts, and norm diffusion, as well as specific approaches used in training and collaboration. The authors also identify common emergent cultural themes, hybrid practices, and aspirational models of mediation developing in each context. The chapter concludes with challenges, values and ethics, and critical lessons in localization and the promotion of increased learning and empowerment.


Mediation Norm diffusion Localization Hybridity Cultural appropriateness Culture Capacity-building Partnership Empowerment Mutual learning Elicitive training Conflict resolution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Conflict Resolution InstituteUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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