Handbook of Conflict Management

By William J. Pammer Jr.; Jerri Killian | Go to book overview

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Conflict Management and Community Partnering

Lessons from the Los Angeles Empowerment Zone

Greg Andranovich
California State University, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Gerry Riposa
California State University, Long Beach, California, U.S.A.


I.

INTRODUCTION

The nature of conflict in cities in postindustrial America has grown increasingly complex. In every policy arena the number of participants, the volume of the debate, and the urgency of the situation at hand seem-a lmost as if staged for media consumption-to defy prevention, solution, or even management. Yet if this was literally true, urban America would b e paralyzed. This chapter looks at the role of community partnerships in governance in one American city, Los Angeles. Los Angeles is often described as a bellwether city, portending the future for the rest of urban America. Our specific case study is of a response to urban conflict that boiled over in 1992: community partnering in the federal Empowerment Zone implemented in Los Angeles. The information presented in this chapter is part of a larger project analyzing governance and community change in Los Angeles, and is the product of in-depth field research and documentary analysis conducted by the authors over the past 5 years.

We begin the task of assessing the role of community partnerships in governance by taking a closer look at the role of conflict in governance. In a necessarily brief overview of conflict theory, we discuss common sources of conflict, differ

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • 1 - Conflict Resolution Education 3
  • 2 - The Qualities of Peacemakers 33
  • 3 - Contested Truths 49
  • 4 - Experiential Learning 85
  • Discussion Questions: Part I 101
  • 5 - Dispute System Design in Organizations 105
  • 6 - Assessing Group Conflict 129
  • 7 - Workplace Bullying 149
  • 8 - Political and Administrative Roles in School District Governance 169
  • Discussion Questions: Part II 203
  • 9 - Mediated Negotiation and Democratic Theory 207
  • 10 - Conflict Management and Community Partnering 219
  • 11 - The Method of Dialogue 243
  • 12 - The Only Game in Town 257
  • Discussion Questions: Part III 269
  • Index 271
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