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Practicing Narrative Mediation: Loosening the Grip of Conflict

Practicing Narrative Mediation: Loosening the Grip of Conflict

John Winslade, Gerald D. Monk

ISBN: 978-0-787-99474-7

Sep 2008, Jossey-Bass

336 pages

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Practicing Narrative Mediation provides mediation practitioners with practical narrative approaches that can be applied to a wide variety of conflict resolution situations. Written by John Winslade and Gerald Monk—leaders in the narrative therapy movement—the book contains suggestions and illustrative examples for applying the proven narrative technique when working with restorative conferencing and mediation in organizations, schools, health care, divorce cases, employer and employee problems, and civil and international conflicts. Practicing Narrative Mediation also explores the most recent research available on discursive positioning and exposes the influence of the moment-to-moment factors that are playing out in conflict situations. The authors include new concepts derived from narrative family work such as "absent but implicit," "double listening," and "outsider-witness practices."

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Preface vii

1 How to Work with Conflict Stories: Nine Hallmarks of Narrative Mediation 1

2 Negotiating Discursive Positions 40

3 Tracing Discursive Positioning Through a Conversation 64

4 Working with Cultural Narratives in Mediation 99

5 Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Practice with Chip Rose 129

6 Outsider-Witness Practices in Organizational Disputes with Allan Holmgren 166

7 Employment Mediation with Alison Cotter 185

8 Restorative Conferencing in Schools 215

9 Conflict Resolution in Health Care 242

Epilogue 283

References 289

About the Authors 299

Index 303