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Resolving Community Conflicts and Problems: Public Deliberation and Sustained Dialogue

Roger Lohmann and Jon Van Til


Public deliberation and group discussion can strengthen the foundations of civil society, even when the groups engaged in debate share a history of animosity. Scholars have begun to study the dialogue sustaining these conversations, especially its power to unite and divide groups and individuals. The book analyzes public exchanges and the nature of sustained dialogue within the context of race relations, social justice, ethnic conflicts, public-safety issues, public management, community design, and family therapy. They particularly focus on college campuses and the networks of organizations a ... More

Keywords: public deliberation, group discussion, civil society, animosity, race relations, social justice, ethnic conflicts, public-safety issues, open discussion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231151689
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231151689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Lohmann, editor

Jon Van Til, editor

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Front Matter


Roger A. Lohmann, Jon Van Til, and Dolly Ford

Section I Basic Statements

2 The Sustained Dialogue Model

Harold H. Saunders and Priya Narayan Parker

3 Sustained Dialogue in Action

Harold H. Saunders and Priya Narayan Parker

5 Let’s Talk

Lisa Bedinger

Section II Sustained Dialogue in Practice

7 Diving In

Teddy Nemeroff and David Tukey

10 A Public Safety Process

James J. Nolan, Norman Conti, and Corey Colyer

11 Facilitating Neighborhood Growth

James J. Nolan, Jeri Kirby, and Ronald Althouse

Section III Public Deliberation in Practice

15 Question Mapping

Richard F. Ludeman and Erna Gelles

Section IV Building Practice and Research