Review by: The Alternative Newsletter Editor, James Boskey
Published by: The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444 (75pp 1998)
When one thinks of comparative culture issues in dispute resolution, the first name that jumps out is that of Michelle LeBaron. Her research in the field has raised and addressed some of the most important questions relating to the effect of culture on disputing processes and on the applicability of models for resolution, and she has been consistently generous with her time, skill and knowledge assisting others in the field with need for her expertise.
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.
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