Turkish Community Mediation
30 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2008
Date Written: November 9, 2008
This study investigates the mediations of 67 mediators from western Turkey and 38 Kurd mediators from eastern Turkey. Utilizing a Cultural Effects Model, we predicted and subsequently found that Kurd mediators - who are highly collectivistic and have a tribal-based social structure - more frequently emphasize harmony and stress the cost of the conflict to society. In addition, the Kurds more often rally third parties for the mediations, having them present at the mediation as well as relying upon their advice and assistance. In addition to the ethnic differences, we predicted and found that imams (mosque leaders) more frequently utilized religious-based tactics (such as walking under the Koran) than did their secular counterparts.
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