The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace

Paperback | August 23, 2010

byJohn Paul Lederach

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John Paul Lederach's work in the field of conciliation and mediation is internationally recognized. As founding Director of the Conflict Transformation Program and Institute of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, he has provided consultation and direct mediation in a range ofsituations from the Miskito/Sandinista conflict in Nicaragua to Somalia, Northern Ireland, the Basque Country, and the Philippines. His influential 1997 book Building Peace has become a classic in the discipline. This book represents his thinking and learning over the past several years. He exploresthe evolution of his understanding of peacebuilding by reflecting on his own experiences in the field. Peacebuilding, in his view, is both a learned skill and an art. Finding this art, he says, requires a worldview shift. Conflict professionals must envision their work as a creative act - anexercise of what Lederach terms the "moral imagination."

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John Paul Lederach's work in the field of conciliation and mediation is internationally recognized. As founding Director of the Conflict Transformation Program and Institute of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, he has provided consultation and direct mediation in a range ofsituations from the Miskito/Sandinista conflict in...

John Paul Lederach is one of the world's foremost experts on peacebuilding and reconciliation. He is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Distinguished Scholar at Eastern Mennonite University's Conflict Transformation Program. Among hi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 23, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199747580

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Table of Contents

1. On Stating the Problem and Thesis2. On Touching the Moral Imagination: Four Stories3. On This Moment: Turning Points4. On Simplicity and Complexity: Finding the Essence of Peacebuilding5. On Peace Accords: Image of a Line in Time6. On the Gift of Pessimism: Insights from the Geographies of Violence7. On Aesthetuics: The Art of Social Change8. On Space: Life in the Web9. On Mass and Movement: The Theory of the Critical Yeast10. On Web Watching: Finding the Soul of Place11. On Serendipity: The Gift of Accidental Sagacity12. On Time: The Past That Lies before Us13. On Pied Pipers: Imagination and Creativity14. On Vocation: The Mystery of Risk15. On Conclusions: The Imperative of the Moral Imagination