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Negotiating at an Uneven Table: Developing Moral Courage in Resolving Our Conflicts, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7879-5937-1
416 pages
January 2002, Jossey-Bass
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In the second edition of her landmark book Negotiating at an Uneven Table, Phyllis Beck Kritek explores the process of resolving conflicts in situations where unacknowledged inequity influences disputes and their outcomes. Substantially revised and expanded, this new edition will help open minds and balance the negotiation process. Throughout the book, Kritek challenges traditional approaches to dealing with inequities at the negotiation table and offers alternatives for reframing the process.
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Preface to the First Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.

The Author.

Prologue.

PART ONE: CREATING THE CONTEXT FOR A DIALOGUE.

Initiating the Dialogue.

Approaching an Uneven Table.

The Roots of Our Distortions.

Recognizing an Uneven Table.

The Persistent Fixation on Dominance Power.

Imagining Alternatives.

Illusions We Live By.

Beyond Appearances.

PART TWO: TRADITIONAL APPROACHES TO AN UNEVEN TABLE.

Manipulation as Tradition.

Masks of Manipulation.

Traditional Methods of Maneuvering.

Children at an Uneven Table.

Evolution at an Uneven Table.

Imagining New Approaches to an Uneven Table.

PART THREE: CONSTRUCTIVE WAYS OF BEING AT AN UNEVEN TABLE.

The Shift to New Ways of Being.

A Model of Paradigm Shift for the Millennium.

Way of Being Number One: Find and Inhabit the Deepest and Surest Human Space That Your Capabilities Permit.

Way of Being Number Two: Be a Truth Teller.

Way of Being Number Three: Honor Your Integrity, Even at Great Cost.

Way of Being Number Four: Find a Place for Compassion at the Table.

Way of Being Number Five: Draw a Line in the Sand Without Cruelty.

Way of Being Number Six: Expand and Explicate the Context.

Way of Being Number Seven: Innovate.

Way of Being Number Eight: Know What You Do and Do Not Know.

Way of Being Number Nine: Stay in the Dialogue.

Way of Being Number Ten: Know When and How to Leave the Table.

Some Antidotes and Precautions.

A Progress Report.

Imagining the Future: An Invitation to Continue the Dance.

Postscript: September 11, 2001.

Recommended Readings.

References.

Index.
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Phyllis Beck Kritek conducts conflict resolution, leadership, and gender and communication workshops and training programs. She is the Florence Hair Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Nursing.
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Praise for the First Edition
"Conflict resolution book of the year . . . . Run, do not walk, to obtain a copy of this book."
— Official newsletter of the ADR Section of the Association of American Law Schools

"Innovative, challenging, and ultimately transformative book . . . makes a unique contribution to the field of conflict resolution and will be a ready reference in the mediation library."
Northern California Mediation Association Newsletter


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