Negotiating Buck Naked
Doukhobors, Public Policy, and Conflict ResolutionBook - 2006
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 peacekeepers.
Cran (peace and conflict management, Royal Roads U., British Columbia) describes the 1979 intervention involving factions of Doukhobor Russian immigrants, local and provincial Canadian government officials, and professional negotiators. The agreement they reached ended decades of conflict over such issues as land ownership, registering births and deaths, and school attendance between the religious group and various government agencies. He himself designed the intervention, and offers explanations for why it succeeded. Distributed in the US by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)