9781412909303

Conflict Dialogue : Working with Layers of Meaning for Productive Relationships

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-07-06
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
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Summary

Conflicts are more effectively managed if people understand the layers meaning in their conflicts and collaborate based on those meanings. In this book, author Peter M. Kellett analyzes and interprets real-life conflict stories as a way to create opportunities for more productive ways to navigate and resolve conflict.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction x
Part I: Conflict Stories, Dialogue, and Negotiation: Concepts and Techniques 1(94)
1. Stories and the Meaning of Conflicts
3(29)
What Makes a Good Conflict Story?
6(8)
Why Stories Are Good Starting Points for Interpretive Research
14(5)
The Challenges and Opportunities of Meaning for the Narrative Researcher
19(7)
How to Collect a Good Story as Research Data
26(3)
Lessons From the Field of Practice: An Exercise for Understanding and Showing the Meaning of Conflict
29(1)
Conclusion
30(2)
2. From Meaning—to Dialogic Negotiation to New Meaning
32(29)
How to Use Research Techniques to Explicate the Meaning of Conflicts
35(2)
Some Helpful Theoretical Background in Sources of Conflict
37(4)
How Dialogue and Negotiation Build On and Create New Meanings in Conflicts
41(13)
Skills for Energizing Conflict Communication Toward Dialogic Negotiation
54(5)
Lessons From the Field of Practice: An Exercise for Further Analysis of Dialogic Negotiation
59(1)
Conclusion
59(2)
3. Language as the Fabric of Conflict—and the Foundation for Dialogic Negotiation
61(34)
Language, Intensity, Energy, and Meaning
64(7)
Metaphors, Imagery, and Symbolic Fabric of Conflict
71(6)
Speech, Silence, and the Possibility for Dialogue
77(6)
Dialogic Negotiation as Conversational Scripts
83(4)
Lessons From the Field of Practice: Exercises for Exploring the Language of Conflict
87(6)
Conclusion
93(2)
Part II: Conflict Stories and the Negotiation of Relationship Dynamics 95(48)
4. We Belong Together but We Still Have Conflict: Negotiating Synchronicity in Relationships
97(24)
Relational Synchronicity and Conflict
99(3)
Understanding and Negotiating Conflict as Clues to Nightmare Relationships
102(3)
Understanding and Negotiating True Love: When Dreams Come True
105(5)
Graveside Dialogues: Conversations I Should Have Had but Didn't
110(9)
Lessons From the Field of Practice: Exploring Synchronicity and Symmetry in Your Conflicts
119(1)
Conclusion
120(1)
5. Where Do We Go From Here? Negotiating Through—and Learning From—Crossroads Moments in Relationships
121(22)
Understanding the Meaning of Crossroads Moments
123(1)
Relational Motifs: Look How Far We Have Come
124(4)
Understanding and Negotiating Patterns of Light and Dark
128(6)
Understanding and Negotiating the Meaning of Differences
134(5)
Lessons From the Field of Practice: Working From Crossroads Moments to Where You Want to Go
139(2)
Conclusion
141(2)
Part III: Stories and the Psychodynamics of Conflict 143(58)
6. What Is This Really About? Working With Displacement in Conflict Communication
145(28)
Symbolic Displacement and the Meaning of Conflict
147(5)
Dangers and Opportunities of Displacement and Conflict Dynamics
152(2)
Forms and Functions of Symbolic Displacement in Conflict
154(5)
Symbolic Displacement as a More or Less Conscious Stratagem
159(5)
Symbolic Displacement as Conflicted Desire
164(5)
Lessons From the Field of Practice: Exercises for Exploring Displacement
169(2)
Conclusion
171(2)
7. What Do We Represent to Each Other? Understanding Projection and Negotiating Conflict
173(28)
Learning to Read Between the Projections
176(6)
Projection and the Symbolic Relationship of People in Conflict
182(5)
Projection and Conflict Discourse Patterns and Dynamics
187(2)
The Connection Between Projection and Enemy Making and Blame
189(2)
The Limiting Effects of Projection
191(2)
From Projection to Integration: Negotiating New Meanings
193(4)
Lessons From the Field of Practice: An Exercise for Exploring Projection in Conflict
197(2)
Conclusion
199(2)
Part IV: Using Story Dynamics to Understand and Negotiate Conflict 201(60)
8. Heroes and Sheroes, Villains, Victims, and Fools: Using Story Archetypes to Understand Conflicts
203(23)
Archetypes, Meaning, and the Construction of Conflict Stories
206(4)
Some Cautionary Notes on Interpreting Archetypes
210(1)
Questioning Archetypes in a Family Conflict
211(4)
Impasses, Double Binds, and Conflict Archetypes
215(5)
Using Three-Cornered Narratives to Open Up Story Possibilities
220(3)
Lessons From the Field of Practice: An Exercise for Further Analysis of Narrative Archetypes
223(1)
Conclusion
224(2)
9. Learning to Tell the Next Chapter: Story Archetypes and the Negotiation and Mediation of New Meanings in Conflicts
226(20)
Archetypes as Opportunities for Dialogue, Negotiation, and Mediation
228(5)
Learning to Tell the Next Chapter Through Narrative Mediation
233(7)
Lessons From the Field of Practice: An Exercise in Creative Scripting
240(4)
Conclusion
244(2)
10. Putting It All Together: From an Old Story—to a New Meaning—to a New Story
246(15)
The Learning Cycle of Conflict Narratives
251(9)
Conclusion
260(1)
References 261(8)
Index 269(18)
About the Author 287

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