We know that since the end of the Cold War, conflicts in non-Western countries have been frequent, frequently violent, largely intra-state, and protracted. But what do we know about conflict management and resolution strategies in these societies? Have the dominant Western approaches been transplantable, suitable, effective, durable, and sustainable? Would conflicts in non-Western societies be better handled by the adaptation and adoption of customary, traditional, or localized mechanisms of mitigation? These and similar questions have engaged the attention of scholars and policy-makers. Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies: Global Perspectives is offered as a global compendium on indigenous conflict management strategies. It presents diverse perspectives on the subject. Fully aware of the tendency in the literature to over-generalize, over-romanticize, and over-criticize the localized and customary mechanisms, the book takes a slightly different approach. It presents a variety of traditional conflict management approaches as well as several cases of the successful integration of the indigenous and Western strategies in the contemporary period. The main features, strengths, challenges, and weaknesses of a multitude of indigenous systems are also presented.
Akanmu G. Adebayo is professor of history and director of the Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. Jesse J. Benjamin is professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University. Brandon D. Lundy is assistant professor of anthropology and interim associate director of the PhD Program in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University.
1.Introduction: Indigeneity and Modernity, From Conceptual Category to Strategic Juridical Identity in the Context of Conflict Jesse Benjamin and Brandon D. Lundy The Americas 2.Weaving Indigenous and Western Methods of Conflict Resolution in the Andes Fabiola Cordova 3.Traditional Decision-Making in Contemporary Child Welfare: Relying on Dane-zaa Laws to Care for and Protect Children and Families Tara Ney, Vanessa Currie, Maureen Maloney, Crystal Reeves, Jillian Ridington, Robin Ridington, and Judith Zwickel 4.Addressing Disputes between First Nations: An Exploration of the Indigenous Legal Lodge Jessica Dickson Africa 5.Globalization and Indigenous Conflict Management: Experiences from Africa Afua Bonsu Sarpong-Anane 6.Indigenous Conflict Resolution Strategies in Monarchical Systems: Comparison of the Nature, Effectiveness and Limitations of the Yoruba and Akan Models Joseph Kingsley Adjei and Akanmu G. Adebayo 7.Land Ownership In Nigeria: Land Use Act Versus Traditional Land Tenure System Olusegun O. Onakoya 8.The "Intra-Tutsi Schism" and Its Effect on Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation in the Rwandan Gacaca Courts Birthe C. Reimers 9.Successful Integration of Western and Indigenous Conflict Management: Swaziland Case Study Mallory Primm 10.Monitoring Conflicts of Interest: Social Conflict in Guinea-Bissau's Fisheries Brandon D. Lundy 11.The Changing Roles of Traditional Institutions in Conflict Management: A Historical Perspective from the Bamenda Grassfields, Cameroon Walter Gam Nkwi Asia 12.Jirga an Indigenous institution for peace building in the Pukhtoon belt of Pakistan Ali Gohar 13.FATA: Finding Common Ground in Uncommon Places Paul Paterson 14.Mesopotamia's Indigenous Revival: Political Discourse, Imagined Sovereignty, and Contemporary Kurdish Representations of Identity Haluk Baran Bingol and Jesse Benjamin 15.Socio-political Change and the Evolution of Irrigation Disputes in Rural China: the Jianghan Plain, 1870s-2011 Jiayan Zhang Conclusion 16.Conclusion: Culture and Conflict Management: The Need for a Paradigm Shift Debarati Sen, Ferdinand Kwaku Danso, and Natalia Meneses Bibliography