Beth Roy
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Feeling a need to collect the many strands of my public life in one place, I offer this website as a point of access to my writings and practices.

I practice Radical Therapy in the San Francisco Bay Area, leading weekly, on-going problem-solving groups where people find support to make needed changes in their lives. The approach is grounded in a social analysis of alienation. Therefore, community building is central to the work. Community involves conflict, and so mediation is a central part of the work.

I am a sociologist. My research focuses on issues of "social conflict", including religiously-based discord in South Asia and dynamics of racism in the United States.

I work closely with a diverse group of practitioners and academics in the field of conflict resolution. Together, we founded an organization called the Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute. Recognizing that the construction of equality starts with the legitimization of knowledge, we support people who are commonly marginalized in the writing of literature that defines the work of a field to claim what they know, to write about it, and to publish.

Each of these endeavors has given rise to writings. They dot the central elements of my life and politics.



We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.

-Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis


Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

-Arundhati Roy
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