Negotiating Buck Naked
192 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jan 2007
Release Date:15 May 2006

Negotiating Buck Naked

Doukhobors, Public Policy, and Conflict Resolution

UBC Press

Soon after the arrival of Doukhobors to British Columbia, newimmigrants clashed with the state over issues such as land ownership,the registration of births and deaths, and school attendance. Aspositions hardened, the conflict, often violent, intensified andcontinued unabated for the better part of a century, until an accordwas finally negotiated in the mid-1980s.

Negotiating Buck Naked examines the accord closely. Why didthe violence end? How was the accord reached? What factors enabled itto succeed when numerous other interventions had failed? How did itchange the patterns of conflict between the factions? To answer thesequestions, Cran develops a theoretical framework for understanding theprocess of dispute resolution, emphasizing that competing discoursesare juxtaposed and that it is these different but equally validnarratives that must be negotiated. Using this approach, Cran extractsfrom the Doukhobor conflict valuable lessons for understanding thenature of both terrorism and hegemonic practices, and traces how weview conflict and intervention from a Western perspective.

Negotiating Buck Naked offers new ways of dealing withconflicts considered to be intractable. It will be useful to conflictresolution practitioners, policy makers, peace makers, and peacekeepers.


  • 2007, Long-listed - George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC Writing and Publishing
Gregory J. Cran is Director of the School of Peace andConflict Management at Royal Roads University and is a former treatynegotiator for the BC provincial government.


Organizations and Acronyms

1. Introduction

2. Deconstructing the Discourse of Conflict and Culture

3. Auto-Narrative

4. Competing Narratives

5. Negotiating a New Narrative

6. Rendering the Past into Meaning

7. Turning Points of Reason

8. Conflict and Terrorism: Lessons for the Practitioner



A. Survey of Bombings and Burnings

B. Doukhobor Groups and Representatives

C. EKCIR Members

D. Rules of Procedure Notes References Index

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