Reflexivity and the State of Success and Failure in Our Field

J. Rothman

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In this piece, I contrast success and failure in creative conflict engagement as related continua on a scale of relevance. Not always is success a good thing (for example, if goals are pedestrian or wildly unrealistic) nor is failure a bad thing (if we or the parties gain useful insights from it). Indeed, I suggest that the very effort to wrestle with these concepts is in itself a reflexive value and practice that will help our field become more robust and interesting. Moreover, I suggest by being reflexive about such questions, we will be developing a new petite theory-in-use (as opposed to a more ambitious and unrealistic grand theory) for our field.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)41-47
JournalInternational Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


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