Peacemaking as a Mediation Process

Hal Pepinsky, Indiana University

Peacemaking can be generalized as a mediation process which takes the same form and operates by the same principles across settings, as in victim-offender and community mediation, and in teaching. The timing of offering and acknowledging empathy, as among accommodation to a world of command and obedience, is crucial. The central question of mediation in all our relations is, essentially, whose turn is it to speak and whose turn to listen next? Examples from various settings are offered as to how mediation form and principles apply.

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Updated 05/20/2006