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Trinidad and Tobago: A Study in Cultural Paradox

  • Ruth J. Parsons
  • Catherine Ali
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Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Abstract

This chapter describes a mediation training partnership between the University of Denver’s Conflict Resolution Institute and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and draws on the authors’ research studies regarding perceptions, preferences, and practices in negotiation, mediation, and restorative justice in the rapidly modernizing Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Increased gang-related violence and murder rates, hypermasculine gender identities, hierarchical structures, and notorious corruption have resulted in societal trauma, grief, fear, and loss of freedom. Significant power differences necessitate empowerment-based mediation strategies which include a third party known to all disputants who would take an active educational and advocacy role, and the use of religious principles for guidance and relationship repair. Proposed is a mediation practice framework which can mitigate gender and other power discrepancies, educate, and promote healing.

Keywords

Trinidad and Tobago (TT) Conflict resolution Mediation preferences Mediation framework Education in mediation Power Empowerment Societal trauma Restorative justice Cultural context for mediation Gender-based power discrepancies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth J. Parsons
    • 1
  • Catherine Ali
    • 2
  1. 1.Conflict Resolution InstituteUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.University of the West Indies Open CampusWest IndiesTrinidad and Tobago

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