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Managing Conflict in Our Communities
Managing conflict in our communities

“If we want to live a better future, we must learn to live together in the diverse fullness of our human possibilities, through a Spirit of unity that brings forth the diverse harmonies that are already there.”

(Goodall, 1996, p. 224)

“Communities are living creatures, nurtured and nourished by rhetorical discourse.”

(Hogan & Williams, 1996, p. 292)

It may be impossible for us to have problem-free cities, towns, and neighborhoods. However, we can, as Goodall says, move toward communities with a dynamic spirit of unity that are realistic about balancing inevitable conflicts. Conflict is a necessary part of maintaining an evolving and inclusive community and an inevitable sign of communities that ignore or repress conflicting voices. As this chapter illustrates ...

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