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
Date Written: April 27, 2017
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.
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