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Speaking of Violence


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Foreword by Mark Freeman Part I: The Pragmatics of Narrative Processes in Conflict Processes Introduction Chapter 1: Speaking of Violence Chapter 2: Conflict Narrative Structure and Relational Dynamics Chapter 3: The Evolution of Conflict Narratives Part II: Critical Narrative Theory: A Lens for the Analysis of Conflict Chapter 4: Radicalized Narratives Chapter 5: Power Dynamics of Conflict Narratives: Towards a Critical Narrative Theory Chapter 6: Witnessing the Speaking Subject within Conflict Narrative Regimes Part III: Aesthetics as an Ethics of Conflict Resolution Practice Chapter 7: Aesthetic Criteria for Humanizing Narratives Chapter 8: Aesthetic Ethics as Narrative Practice Chapter 9: Conflict Resolution as Narrative Practice: Emerging Better-formed Stories Chapter 10: Narrative Poetics as a Foundation for Politics in Conflict Resolution

About the Author

Sara Cobb is Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Blending her academic teaching and research on narrative processes with practice in the field as a facilitator, negotiator and mediator, Dr. Cobb is a leader in the field of conflict resolution. Her work is foundational to the evolution of the field itself in making the "narrative turn."


"In this volume that opens the Oxford University Press's 'Explorations in Narrative Psychology' series, Cobb proposes that 'narratives' are the foundation to conflict analysis and resolution. Building on her expertise [...] as a teacher, researcher, facilitator, negotiator, and mediator, Cobb examines the narratives that populate violence and conflict. [...] With its rich theoretical and empirical focus, this truly interdisciplinary volume should be of interest to a variety of scholars and practitioners interested in conflict resolution. Recommended." -L. Stan, CHOICE

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