Culture, Conflict, and Mediation in the Asian Pacific

By (author) Bruce E. Barnes

Paperback - £37.00

Publication date:

09 August 2007

Length of book:

194 pages



ISBN-13: 9780761838388

The countries of China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand are brought together for the first time in an integrated and systematic work outlining each country's cultural themes, cultural practices, and preferred conflict resolution mechanisms. The new "ADR" processes and centuries-old mediation and conciliation systems used in these countries are compared with the evolving mediation and ADR systems, including facilitation in North America and the West. This comprehensive study analyzes the cultural "themes" commonly found in these countries' religious conflicts; and presents over 30 different stories, case studies, and conflict resolution scenarios from the region. Culture, Conflict, and Mediation in the Asian Pacific looks beyond traditional regional boundaries to group Hawai'i with the nine Asian countries as an example of mediation systems and cultural influence on the most "Asian" of the U.S. states (over 2/3 of the population of Hawai'i is Asian-American).
How can people, businesses and governments effectively resolve intense private and public controversies in increasingly multicultural societies? [This] splendid path breaking book shines bright light on this topic. Bridging the theoretical and practical with "action research," and with seven Asian countries and Hawai'i as focal points, Barnes both unravels the emerging dangers of cultural conflicts and offers fresh insights into diverse Asian dispute resolution concepts and practices. A must read for everyone interested in multicultural dispute resolution.