In 1985, police bombed the Philadelphia community occupied by
members of the black counterculture group MOVE (short for "The
Movement"). What began fifteen years earlier as a neighborhood
squabble provoked by conflicting lifestyles ended in the
destruction of sixty-one homes and the death of eleven residents -
five of them children. Some 250 people were left homeless.
Was this tragedy the only solution to the conflict? Were John
Africa and his morally and ecologically idealistic followers "too
crazy" to negotiate with? The authors interviewed MOVE members and
their neighbors, third-party intervenors, and representatives of
the Philadelpia administration in the 1970s, and draw on their own
knowledge of the field of dispute resolution. More than simply
describing a terrible event, they examine the dynamics of conflict,
analyzing attempts at third-party mediation and the possibility of
resolution without violence. Their analytical approach provides
insight into other major conflicts, such as the problems of
perception and misperception in U.S. - Iranian relations.
In an age when terrorism and hostage-taking are regular features
on the six o'clock news, their questioning of traditional views on
negotiation with "irrational" adversaries is especially
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