PARCC scholars collaborate on new book on conflict
Kriesberg, professor emeritus of sociology, and Catherine Gerard, director of
the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
(PARCC), edited a new book titled Conflict
and Collaboration: For Better or Worse (Routledge, 2018). Written mostly by
Syracuse University faculty, the scholars examine overlapping domains of
conflict and collaboration studies and demonstrate that different mixtures of
conflict and collaboration can be constructively effective.
central theme is that conflict and collaboration can be good, bad, or even
benign, depending on a number of factors. These include the role of power,
design of the process itself, skill level and intent of the actors, social
contexts, and world views,” Kriesberg and Gerard write in the introduction.
contributors include John Burdick, professor of anthropology; Robert Demgenski,
PhD candidate in political science; Miriam F. Elman, associate professor of
political science; Suyeon Jo, PhD candidate in public administration; Harry
Lambright, professor of public administration and international affairs and
political science; Sandra D. Lane, professor of public health; Tina Nabatchi,
associate professor of public administration and international affairs; Robert
A. Rubinstein, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology; Shaundel N. Sanchez,
PhD candidate in anthropology; and Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor
of history and political science.
book uses specific cases, analytical methods, and interventions, based on which
detailed policy recommendations were made for many sets of actors in
peacebuilding, social movements, government, communities, and academia.
“Gerard and Kriesberg have produced a provocative collection
that builds on decades of productive research at the Program for the
Advancement of Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at Syracuse University,” says Larry Susskind, co-founder of the Program on Negotiation at
Harvard Law School, in his review.
“Their many case studies from international relations and public
engagement emphasize the importance of preparing properly, taking steps to
forestall escalation and intervening to transforming conflict and collaboration
when necessary, never losing sight of the importance of power dynamics,
leadership and ways in which coercion can be used constructively.”
-- Edy Semaan, MA International
Relations/MS Public Relations, anticipated '19