Soon after the arrival of Doukhobors to British Columbia, new
immigrants clashed with the state over issues such as land ownership,
the registration of births and deaths, and school attendance. As
positions hardened, the conflict, often violent, intensified and
continued unabated for the better part of a century, until an accord
was finally negotiated in the mid-1980s.
Negotiating Buck Naked examines the accord closely. Why did
the violence end? How was the accord reached? What factors enabled it
to succeed when numerous other interventions had failed? How did it
change the patterns of conflict between the factions? To answer these
questions, Cran develops a theoretical framework for understanding the
process of dispute resolution, emphasizing that competing discourses
are juxtaposed and that it is these different but equally valid
narratives that must be negotiated. Using this approach, Cran extracts
from the Doukhobor conflict valuable lessons for understanding the
nature of both terrorism and hegemonic practices, and traces how we
view conflict and intervention from a Western perspective.
Negotiating Buck Naked offers new ways of dealing with
conflicts considered to be intractable. It will be useful to conflict
resolution practitioners, policy makers, peace makers, and peace
Gregory J. Cran is Director of the School of Peace and Conflict Management at Royal Roads University and is a former treaty negotiator for the BC provincial government.
Acknowledgments Organizations and Acronyms 1. Introduction 2. Deconstructing the Discourse of Conflict and Culture 3. Auto-Narrative 4. Competing Narratives 5. Negotiating a New Narrative 6. Rendering the Past into Meaning 7. Turning Points of Reason 8. Conflict and Terrorism: Lessons for the Practitioner Appendices A. Survey of Bombings and Burnings B. Doukhobor Groups and Representatives C. EKCIR Members D. Rules of Procedure Notes References Index