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Review by: The Alternative Newsletter Editor, James Boskey
About six years ago, while she was still at UVic in Canada, Michelle published a 174 page annotated bibliography on conflict and culture which selected the most important and useful works in the field and introduced them with a useful survey of the extant state of knowledge. Since that time, a great deal has been published in the area, much of it by Prof. LeBaron herself, and this volume updates that prior work.
Again, LeBaron provides a short but pithy summary of recent developments in the literature and then offers list of articles and a few books from a wide range of sources published since the prior list, grouped by topic and clearly and effectively annotated, with a note as to the intended audience, a brief synopsis of the item and a list of cross-reference terms that are applicable.
Few of us are as widely read in the area of culture and conflict as LeBaron and she has again very generously made a useful resource available to the field at large.
Michelle LeBaron is a tenured professor at the UBC law faculty and is Director of the UBC Program on Dispute Resolution. She joined the Faculty of Law in 2003 after twelve years teaching at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Women's Studies program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. From 1990-1993, she directed the Multiculturalism and Dispute Resolution Project at the University of Victoria. Professor LeBaron has lectured and consulted around the world on cross-cultural conflict resolution, and has practised as a family law and commercial mediator. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1982 after articling at Campney and Murphy in Vancouver. Professor LeBaron has just completed a new book on conflict resolution across cultures with colleagues from six different countries, to be released in fall 2005 by Intercultural Press. She continues to pursue research into creativity, the arts and multiple ways of knowing as resources for bridging cultural differences.
Ms. Erin McCandless is an academic-pracitioner specialising in peacebuilding and development. Currently she is a lecturer and trainer at Africa Univeristy's Institute for Peace, Leadership and Governance in Mutare, Zimbabwe. She is also the founder, co-Executive Editor and publisher of the international academic, practitioner and policy oriented Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and Co-Director of the South North Centre
for Peacebuilding and Development - both based in Zimbabwe.
In her capacities as a researcher, writer, publisher, facilitator,
lecturer, trainer, and program coordinator, Erin McCandless has worked with organisations around the world on critical issues at the intersections of peace, conflict and development. These have included: International Alert (UK), Minority Rights Group (UK, Bangladesh), Conciliation Resources (UK), Alternatives to Violence Project (South Africa), Gernika Gogoratuz (Basque country, Spain), Soros Foundation (Romania), Independent Projects Trust (South Africa), and AFRODAD, Africa Community Publishing and Development Trust, MWENGO (Zimbabwe), and Human Rights Watch (New York). Ms. McCandless has consulted with
intergovernmental and governmental organisations including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (Switzerland), the European Union (EU), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (West Africa) on issues related to capacity building, elections and conflict prevention.
Her research interests include: issues at the intersections of
peacebuilding and development, social movements and civil society
participation in policymaking and wider processes of social change,
people-centred and human sustainable development, poverty reduction strategies, reconciliation and justice, peace and conflict impact assessments, conflict transformation and prevention, and minority and indigenous rights and self-determination. She is the author of numerous publications of book chapters and Journal articles covering these areas.
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