Dialogue Series No 5 - Social Change and Conflict Transformation

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David Bloomfield, Martina Fischer & Beatrix Schmelzle (eds.)

Social Change and Conflict Transformation

In his lead article, Christopher Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), sets out a framework for thinking systematically about the relationship between conflict and (social) change. He considers necessary changes to bring about the resolution of conflict, as well as obstacles to such changes, and envisions possible roles for agents of change. Five authors have expanded on, and critically reviewed, this lead article: Ed Garcia (International Alert), Chris Spies (UNDP Guyana), Ilana Shapiro (University of Massachusetts), Vivienne Jabri (King's College London) and Daniela Körppen (Berghof Peace Support).

Single articles in this dialogue include:

Beatrix Schmelzle & David Bloomfield

Introduction: Approaching Social Change

Christopher R. Mitchell

Conflict, Social Change and Conflict Resolution. An Enquiry

Ed Garcia

Approaching Social Change in Situations of Violent Conflict: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Chris F. J. Spies

Resolutionary Change: The Art of Awakening Dormant Faculties in Others

Ilana Shapiro

Extending the Framework of Inquiry: Theories of Change in Conflict Interventions

Vivienne Jabri

Revisiting Change and Conflict: On Underlying Assumptions and the De-Politicisation of Conflict Resolution

Daniela Körppen

The Circularity of Conflict Dynamics. A Critical Review

Christopher R. Mitchell

Conflict Analysis, Conflict Resolution and “Politics”. A Reflection