Practicing Narrative Mediation: Loosening the Grip of by John Winslade, Gerald D. Monk

By John Winslade, Gerald D. Monk

Practicing Narrative Mediation offers mediation practitioners with sensible narrative techniques that may be utilized to a large variety?of clash resolution?situations. Written via John Winslade and Gerald Monk—leaders within the narrative treatment movement—the e-book includes feedback and illustrative examples for employing the confirmed narrative strategy while operating with restorative conferencing and mediation in agencies, colleges, wellbeing and fitness care, divorce circumstances, corporation and worker difficulties, and civil and foreign conflicts. Practicing Narrative Mediation additionally explores the latest study to be had on discursive positioning and exposes the impact of the moment-to-moment elements which are enjoying out in clash events. The authors comprise new innovations derived from narrative family members paintings comparable to "absent yet implicit," "double listening," and "outsider-witness practices."

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We are not referring just to the negotiation that works out the final outcome of the mediation. indd 23 7/10/08 4:27:40 PM 24 Practicing Narrative Mediation talking about the little, moment-by-moment negotiations over meaning. These we understand as negotiations over positioning, and believe that they contribute in important ways to the outcomes of mediation conversations. Example of Discursive Positioning in a Conversation Here is a section of a mediation conversation that illustrates the function of discursive positioning in the production of a conflict.

If the discourse out of which people are speaking is laced with, say, sexist or racist discourse, then the position that they will establish for themselves, and the position into which they call their interlocutor, will be constructed in this sexist or racist discourse. indd 21 7/10/08 4:27:40 PM 22 Practicing Narrative Mediation position or may be called into an objectified position by racist discourse. In this way the parties in conversation move each other around. Each sets the conditions for her own and the other’s speech.

These notes should be records of what the parties actually said, rather than records of the mediator’s thoughts about the parties and their utterances. Then the document created can contain, in quotation marks, the parties’ actual words quoted back to them. Because it is important to reproduce the exact words, mediators will find it hard to rely on memory. Also, if mediators are taking notes of the significant things that the parties say, then they can be seen as scribes who are underlining the importance of each person’s knowledge by having sufficient respect and care to write it down.

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