Social Change and Conflict Transformation

Handbook Dialogue No. 5

In order for conflict resolution or transformation to occur, something will have to change in the relationships and ways of operating. But how can such change be achieved collectively? Berghof Handbook Dialogue 5 sets out a framework for thinking systematically about the relationship between conflict and (social) change. It considers necessary changes to bring about the resolution of conflict, as well as obstacles to such changes, and envisions possible roles for agents of change. Five scholars and practitioners have expanded on, and critically reviewed, this lead article, with attention to locales such as Nepal, Aceh/Indonesia, the Philippines and the USA.

  • David Bloomfield, Martina Fischer & Beatrix Schmelzle (Eds.): Social Change and Conflict Transformation. 2006. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 5 - complete. Hardcopy >

Single contributions:

  • David Bloomfield & Beatrix Schmelzle: Introduction: Approaching Social Change. 2006. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 5 - intro. PDF >
  • Christopher R. Mitchell: Conflict, Social Change and Conflict Resolution. An Enquiry. 2006. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 5 - lead article. PDF >
  • Ed Garcia: Approaching Social Change in Situations of Violent Conflict: A Practitioner's Perpective. 2006. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 5 - comment. PDF >
  • Chris F. Spies: Resolutionary Change: The Art of Awakening Dormant Faculties in Others. 2006. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 5 - comment. PDF >
  • Ilana Shapiro: Extending the Framework of Inquiry: Theories of Change in Conflict Transformation. 2006. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 5 - comment. PDF >
  • Vivienne Jabri: Revisiting Change and Conflict: On Underlying Assumptions and the De-Politicisation of Conflict Resolution. 2006. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 5 - comment. PDF >
  • Daniela Koerppen: The Circularity of Conflict Dynamics. A Critical Review. 2006. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 5 - comment. PDF >
  • Christopher R. Mitchell: Conflict Analysis, Conflict Resolution and "Politics". A Reflection. 2006. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 5 - final reflection. PDF >