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Informal Justice in Contemporary Society
A Multicultural City in Israel
As Director of Community Mediation with the Ministry of Justice in Israel, Dr. Lee Li-On is at the forefront of the field’s theory and practice as it relates to multicultural contemporary society; she has been engaged with the M.Sc. Conflict Resolution Program at Ben-Gurion University. Her recent study addresses the effects of modernity on identity in ultra-orthodox religious communities.
Foreword by Prof. Allan Barsky, author of Ethics and Values in Social Work (OUP), Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Drawing on an ethnographic study in a multicultural city of Arabs and Jews in Israel, Informal Justice in Contemporary Society examines the models and expressions of power implicated in discourse and conflict resolution practices in cross cultural contemporary community. The author explores community politics expressed in daily life as a contextual background to the analysis of conflict resolution politics, exploring perspectives of state and civic stakeholders. Through case analysis , and addressing the individual, organizational and societal levels, Dr Li-On illustrates that conflict resolution is dominated by politics, with culture, ethnicity, and identity playing a significant role; disputing groups rely on conflict resolution to achieve contesting socio-political goals. The book explores core concerns in the field, illustrating obstacles, challenges and opportunities confronting informal justice in contemporary communities.
Informal Justice in Contemporary Society is motivated by the field’s research-practice gap and the lack of real world impact research in cross-cultural settings. The book contributes insights towards theory refinement and conflict resolution practice by addressing practical issues confronted by mediators in the field. This innovative research path introduces a holistic approach to the study of informal justice in social context, deploying multilevel ethnographic analysis to broaden the perspectives and understanding of conflict resolution in contemporary communities. Locally, it provides insights into conflict resolution in Israel in a mixed city of Arabs and Jews. This book belongs on the reference shelf of essential reading for educators, researchers and practitioners in conflict resolution and social studies, including anthropological, community, legal and cultural fields.
|Hardback Price:||£45.00 / $54.95|
|Release Date:||July 2016|
|Page Extent / Format:||224 pp. / 229 x 152 mm|
Foreword Preface Part One: Politics of Contemporary Community – The Case of Minara
Prelude on Community Discourse
Chapter 1: Minara – Taxonomy of a Mixed City
Chapter 2: Imagined Community – Jewish Perspective
Chapter 3: Imagined Community – Arab Perspective
Chapter 4: Imagined Mixed Arab-Jewish City
Chapter 5: Conflict, Community, and Belonging
Chapter 6: Imagining Community – The Case of Minara
Part Two: Informal Justice in Contemporary Society – The Case of a Multicultural City
Chapter 7: Mediation – Beyond Satisfactory Story
Chapter 8: The Community Mediation Centre (CMC)
Chapter 9: CMC – Programme Operation
Chapter 10: Mediators' Social Construction
Chapter 11: The Politics of Intercultural CR Practice
Chapter 12: Conflict and Conflict Resolution – Residents’ Perspective
Chapter 13: Conflict and Conflict Resolution – CMC Perspective
Chapter 14: Conflict and Conflict Resolution – Stakeholder Perspective
Revisiting Informal Justice in Contemporary Society
The author, director of community mediation with the Ministry of Justice in Israel, examines the politics of power in conflict resolution in a mixed Jewish-Arab city in Israel. She discusses community politics in the daily life of the city, the perceptions of community and belonging by Jews and Arabs, and conflict sources, characteristics, perceptions, and interpretations. She addresses the politics of conflict resolution discourse and practice at the individual, organizational, and societal levels, focusing on the issues involved in mediation; the politics involved in Community Mediation Centres and their goals, structure, work, resources, standards, activity, and operations; mediator roles and training, and residents' and stakeholders' perspectives.
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