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The Secret Knowledge of Peacemaking

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Abstract:

In this article, the author tells stories of relationship conflict in which the trajectory of the conflict narrative is disturbed by one of the participants instigating a shift to a different story line. He analyzes these shifts in terms of narrative theory and accounts for them in terms outlined in the narrative mediation literature, interrogating the knowledge called upon by the protagonists to initiate these narrative shifts. This knowledge seems to be pragmatic knowledge, local knowledge, and performative knowledge, with implications for professional practice. Practitioners are urged to be alert for opportunities to privilege such knowledge.

Keywords: local knowledge; mediation; narrative; narrative analysis; narrative mediation; performative knowledge; pragmatic knowledge

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1571-9979.2009.00246.x

Publication date: 2009-10-01

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