Beth Roy
Re-Centering Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice
edited by Mary Adams Trujillo, S.Y. Bowland, Linda James Myers, Phillip M. Richards, and Beth Roy

Syracuse University Press, 2008

Re-Centering is an anthology of cultural voices essential to effective practice yet often marginalized in the doscourse of conflict resolution. The authors explore the role of culture, race, and oppression in resolving disputes. Drawing on firsthand experience and original research, the authors address such issues as culturally informed mediation practices, the diversity of perspectives in conflict resolution literature, and power dynamics. The first anthology of its kind, this book combines personal narrative with formal scholarship. By melding these varied approaches, the authors seek to inspire activism for social justice in today's multicultural society.

Parents' Lives, Children's Needs: Working Together for Everyone's Well-being

Personhood Press, 2007

Children grow up naturally, but parents must learn how to parent. Parents' Lives spells out the developmental challenges facing parents at each stage of their children's growth, from infancy to young adulthood.

Offering a refreshing advancement in our thinking about parenting, Dr. Roy provides an exciting and alternative way for parents to gain efficacy and empowerment through a collaborative relationship with their child. Her insights and experiences bring the works of Dr. Spock into the twenty-first century. -- Jimmie Turner, Prof. of Psychology, JFK University

Some Trouble with Cows: Making Sense of Social Conflict

University of California Press, 1994

Constructed from first-person accounts by Hindus and Muslins, the story told here...evocatively describes and analyzes a large-scale riot that profoundly altered life in a Bangladeshi village during the 1950s. Some Trouble with Cows provides a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of the participants and their families, while touching on a range of broader issues that are vital to the study of communities in conflict.

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In addition to its empathetic description and astute detective work, Roy's study fascinates by its patient unpacking of complexities of actors, actions, and identities. -- Charles Tilly, in Stories, Identities, and Political Change

A brilliant contribution to the study of group conflict, written with immediacy and clarity. -- Bob Blauner, author of Black Lives, White Lives

Bitters in the Honey: Tales of Hope and Disappointment Across Divides of Race and Time

University of Arkansas Press, 1999

Drawing on oral histories, Beth Roy tells the story of Central High School from a fresh angle. Her interviews with white alumni of the school investigate the reasons behind their resistance to desegregation....The stories tell of the shaping of white identities in the latter half of the twentieth century, of dissatisfaction...that still lingers after forty years.

Perhaps the most fascinating and historically significant contribution to the genre of whiteness studies is Bitters in the Honey.... -- Patricia Williams, Professor of Law, Columbia University, in The Nation

I loved the book. -- Lani Guinier, Professor of Law, Harvard University

Those seriously interested in eliminating racism and making our society representative of its famous constitutional creed must read Beth Roy's "Bitters in the Honey". -- G. Theodore Catherine

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