Sara Cobb

Sara Cobb
George Mason University | GMU · School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Ph.D. Communication

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This new conflict resolution textbook offers a genealogy of the field demonstrating how various political challenges faced by the west gave rise to the field's diverse theories, approaches and research methodologies. Using articles that best demonstrate these ideas we present the field as three overlapping eras, or "Epochs." Epoch 1 (1945-1989)...
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This article analyzes open-ended survey responses to understand how members of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) perceive conflict within the AMS over global warming. Of all survey respondents, 53% agreed that there was conflict within the AMS; of these individuals who perceived conflict, 62% saw it as having at least some productive aspect...
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Negotiation research, drawing on rational choice theory, provides a wealth of findings about how people negotiate successfully, as well as descriptions of some of the many pitfalls associated to negotiation failures. Building on narrative theory, this paper attempts to expand the theoretical base of negotiation in an effort to address the meaning m...
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Surveys have found that weathercaster views on climate change are diverse, with a large majority agreeing that climate change is happening but most remaining unconvinced that human activities are the principal cause. We hypothesized that these differences in climate change views could have implications for weathercasters acting as informal climate...
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Deliberative processes should enable public officials to stay connected to the changing needs and interests of the communities for whom and with whom they work. Theoretically, these practices should enable public officials to help citizens negotiate with each other, and with the government, problem-solving in a way that produces timely solutions to...
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Meteorologists and other atmospheric science experts are playing important roles in helping society respond to climate change. However, members of this professional community are not unanimous in their views of climate change, and there has been tension among members of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) who hold different views on the topic...
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In mid-November 2009, emails were removed without authorization from a University of East Anglia server and posted to the internet; within 24 h an international scandal was born—alleging fraud by leading climate scientists—which almost immediately became known as climategate. Multiple investigations concluded that no fraud or scientific misconduct...
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In early 2011, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise (CWCE) established the Committee to Improve Climate Change Communication (CICCC) to help facilitate communication among members of the weather and climate community so as to foster greater understanding about the spectrum of views on climate ch...
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A grant titled “Making the Global Local: Unusual weather events as climate change education opportunities" – one of 15 climate change education initiatives funded by the NSF Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program – was awarded to George Mason University and partners to support broadcast meteorologists (hereafter referred to as “weather...
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Narratives matter. They shape the social world in which they circulate, reflecting and refracting the cultural limits of what narratives can be told, in what setting, to whom. From this perspective, they structure how we make sense of ourselves, as members of a community, but they also structure how we understand right and wrong, good and evil. Now...
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This article explores narrative (storytelling) as an alternative discourse for the practice of mediation. Through the case analysis of a mediation session we show that neutrality, as it is often understood, leads to problems for mediators in constructing agreements. We suggest that by focusing on the storytelling process, mediators will have a new...
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This briefing presents the development of a model of ‘legitimacy’ by a team from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) of George Mason University in collaboration with Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City. The model describes four types of discourse evident in development and natural resource planning in the Petén region...
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Current approaches to critical discourse analysis either presume that persons are active agents, intentionally and strategically resisting oppression and domination or that persons are objects, inscribed in the reproduction and reconstitution of speech conventions. These dichotomies (intention/convention and resistance/reproduction) inhibit the des...
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This article, based on an analysis of 30 community mediation sessions, provides a theoretical frame for tracking the emergence and domestication of violence stories in the sessions themselves. Challenging the Cartesian distinction between mental and physical violence, I use Scarry's 1985 work to identify the presence of violence stories as stories...
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Though the literature on the diagnosis and treatment of survivors of childhood sexual abuse has burgeoned in the last 20 years, relatively little guidance is available in the popular or professional literature to assist clients or therapists about issues of disclosure of this abuse to family members. When authors explicitly focus on disclosure, the...
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Drawing on Anscombe's (1960) description of intention as a language game, this article explores the negotiation of “theories of responsibility” (O'Barr & Conley, 1985) in informal legal narratives. Using examples of conversation drawn from a mediation session, I show how intentions, as discursive formations, are central not only to both narrative s...
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The field of conflict resolution has been focusing on certain implicit postulates related to the nature of three central concepts, namely: communication, conflict, and change. The present paper "undermines" so to speak, these three concepts by demonstrating the positivistic basis the field of conflict resolution features, even though recent contrib...
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Based on our research on the practice of neutrality in mediation, we deconstruct the practice of neutrality in mediation by examining both the discourse of neutrality operant in mediators’accounts of their practice and the discourse processes in mediation sessions. We identify three key terms—justice, power, and ideology as a system of terms centra...

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