Turkish Community Mediation

30 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2008

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James A. Wall

University of Missouri at Columbia

Nimet Beriker

Sabanci University

Sharon Y. Wu

University of Missouri at Columbia

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.

Suggested Citation

Wall, James A. and Beriker, Nimet and Wu, Sharon Y., Turkish Community Mediation (November 9, 2008). IACM 21st Annual Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1298566

James A. Wall (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Columbia ( email )

Middlebush B UMC
Columbia, MO 65211
United States
573-882-4561 (Phone)

Nimet Beriker

Sabanci University ( email )

Orta Mahalle √úniversite Caddesi 27
81474 Tuzla, Istanbul, 34956

Sharon Y. Wu

University of Missouri at Columbia ( email )

332 Cornell Hall
Columbia, MO Columbia 65211
United States

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