on 19 June 2012
This was a core text for me for my conflict analysis and resolution module at the University of Kent. At first it seems a little overwhelming because of the sheer amount of content in there, however with a little time you get used to the format and the layout of the text. The authors are experts in their field and cover all the material, both theory and practical, in depth and with contemporary examples. It can be heavy going at times and some chapters may require a couple of read-throughs to wrap your head around the concepts. I was able to contribute in seminars and revise for my exam using this book as my base and it provided me with a brilliant understanding of the material.
If you need a book on Conflict Resolution for your course or for revision purposes then you cannot go wrong with this one!
on 4 October 2015
I used this book as a reference for my post-graduate studies as it is regarded in some circles to be the definitive text on the subject. It has some interesting concepts and theories, and can be a useful guide once the reader has taken 4 or 5 passes at it with a highlighter pen.
This book is, however, overly dull and repetitive. The prose employed is very dense, and many sentences are so long that they are nonsensical. The book could easily have been reduced by one third with some intervention from even the most mediocre of editors.
I'm of the opinion that academic texts should educate and excite students, especially when the subject discussed has the potential to be so fascinating. It seems that the authors do not share this viewpoint.