The Moral Order in Family Mediation: Negotiating Competing Values

Smithson, J., Barlow, A., Hunter, R. and Ewing, J. (2017), The Moral Order in Family Mediation: Negotiating Competing Values. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 35: 173–196. doi:10.1002/crq.21195

Posted: 18 Jan 2018

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Janet Smithson

University of Exeter

Anne Barlow

University of Exeter - School of Law

Rosemary Hunter

Kent Law School, Eliot College, University of Kent

Jan Ewing

University of Exeter

Date Written: April 27, 2017

Abstract

We used discourse analysis to study how mediators and parties negotiate competing priorities and values during the family mediation process. We drew on understandings of practical morality, specifically the concept of a moral order, to study UK mediation session talk. Our analysis highlighted the contradictory moral orders drawn on by parties and mediators. The saliency of moral categories and concerns in parenting is demonstrated, and we consider the problems this causes in the “no-fault” context of mediation.

Suggested Citation

Smithson, Janet and Barlow, Anne Elizabeth and Hunter, Rosemary and Ewing, Jan, The Moral Order in Family Mediation: Negotiating Competing Values (April 27, 2017). Smithson, J., Barlow, A., Hunter, R. and Ewing, J. (2017), The Moral Order in Family Mediation: Negotiating Competing Values. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 35: 173–196. doi:10.1002/crq.21195. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3100401

Janet Smithson (Contact Author)

University of Exeter ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Anne Elizabeth Barlow

University of Exeter - School of Law ( email )

Streatham Court
University of Exeter
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Rosemary Hunter

Kent Law School, Eliot College, University of Kent ( email )

Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NS
United Kingdom

Jan Ewing

University of Exeter ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

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