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Title: Beyond transformative mediation : a hybrid model
Author: Monaghan, Anne
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2012
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This research tests whether a third model or approach to mediation is possible, if not already in existence - a hybrid model. Two of the main approaches to mediation are explored - transformative and problem-solving - and the hypothesis that a process exists or could be developed that combines elements of both is tested. Transformative mediation was outlined in The Promise of Mediation by Bush and Folger in 1994 and for the purposes of this study John Wear Burton's work is examined as an example of problem-solving mediation. A number of case-studies around parading disputes in Northern Ireland are looked at in more detail as evidence of transformative and problem-solving practice; to test whether hybridity exists and/or whether a model combining elements of both transformative and problem-solving practice is feasible. The major division in mediation theory and practice at present is around where the focus of the process and the mediator's attention should lie. Transformative mediators argue it should focus on the relationship while problem-solving practitioners argue that sometimes those in conflict are not ready, willing or able to aim their attention there. Where this is the case, they argue the mediator should bank any progress or agreements, particularly where there is violence. Interviews with subjects included practitioners operating out of one or other main models of mediation and some who operated out of neither and had no formal training, having leaned their craft on the ground. This research makes a contribution to knowledge in the field as hybrid processes were either found to exist, as in the case of the Newry Good Relations Forum; or it was acknowledged that processes that focused on one element - either the relational or problem-solving - to the detriment of the other element remained contested, for example, the Drumcree dispute.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.581970  DOI: Not available
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