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The Possibility of Popular Justice
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The Possibility of Popular Justice is essential reading for scholars and practitioners of community mediation and should be very high on the list of anyone seriously concerned with dispute resolution in general. The book offers many rewards for the advanced student of law and society studies. --Law and Politics Book Review "These immensely important articles--fifteen in all--take several academic perspectives on the [San Francisco Community Boards] program's diverse history, impact, and implications for 'popular justice.' These articles will richly inform the program, polemical, and political perspectives of anyone working on 'alternative programs' of any sort." -- IARCA Journal "Few collections are so well integrated, analytically penetrating, or as readable as this fascinating account. It is a 'must read' for anyone interested in community mediation." --William M. O'Barr, Duke University "You do not have to be involved in mediation to appreciate this book. The authors use the case as a launching pad to evaluate the possibilities and 'impossibilities' of building community in complex urban areas and pursuing popular justice in the shadow of state law." --Deborah M. Kolb, Harvard Law School and Simmons College Sally Engle Merry is Professor of Anthropology, Wellesley College. Neal Milner is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution, University of Hawaii.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
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  1. Part 1: Defining Popular Justice
  2. p. 1
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-30
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  1. Sorting Out Popular Justice
  2. pp. 31-66
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  1. The Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution: Reflections on ADR as a Social Movement
  2. pp. 67-87
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  1. Evaluation of Community-Justice Programs
  2. pp. 89-122
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  1. Part 2: San Francisco Community Boards and the Meaning of Community Mediation
  2. p. 123
  1. Community Boards: An Analytic Profile
  2. pp. 125-168
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  1. Organizing for Community Mediation: The Legacy of Community Boards of San Francisco as a Social-Movement Organization
  2. pp. 169-199
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  1. Justice from Another Perspective: The Ideology and Developmental History of the Community Boards Program
  2. pp. 201-238
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  1. What Mediation Training Says—or Doesn't Say—about the Ideology and Culture of North American Community-Justice Programs
  2. pp. 239-264
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  1. Dispute Transformation, the Influence of a Communication Paradigm of Disputing, and the San Francisco Community Boards Program
  2. pp. 265-327
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  1. Police and "Nonstranger" Conflicts in a San Francisco Neighborhood: Notes on Mediation and Intimate Violence
  2. pp. 329-353
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  1. Part 3: Contested Words: Community, Justice, Empowerment, and Popular
  2. p. 355
  1. The Paradox of Popular Justice: A Practitioner's View
  2. pp. 357-378
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  1. Local People, Local Problems, and Neighborhood Justice: The Discourse of "Community" in San Francisco Community Boards
  2. pp. 379-400
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  1. Community Organizing through Conflict Resolution
  2. pp. 401-433
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  1. When Is Popular Justice Popular?
  2. pp. 435-451
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  1. The Impossibility of Popular Justice
  2. pp. 453-474
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 475-477
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 479-488
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