"Dignity" by Donna Hicks

Dignity Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict Tenth Anniversary Edition Donna Hicks, Desmond Tutu

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
09 Nov 2021
ISBN:
9780300261424
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
240 pages: 216 x 140mm
Sales territories:
World

A noted conflict-resolution expert explores dignity, its role in human conflict, and its power to improve relationships

Drawing on her extensive experience in international conflict resolution and on insights from evolutionary biology, psychology, and neuroscience, Donna Hicks explains what the elements of dignity are, how to recognize dignity violations, how to respond when we are not treated with dignity, how dignity can restore a broken relationship, why leaders must understand the concept of dignity, and more. By choosing dignity as a way of life, Hicks shows, we open the way to greater peace within ourselves and to a safer and more humane world for all.
 
For the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Dignity, Hicks has written a new preface that reflects on her experience helping communities and individuals understand the power of dignity and how it can lead to a more peaceful world.
 
“Anyone who understands the importance of personal feelings and their fuel for conflict should consider Dignity as a powerful advisory and motivational guide.”—Midwest Book Review
 
Winner of the 2012 Educator’s Award, given by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Donna Hicks, Ph.D., is an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. During nearly three decades in the field of international conflict resolution, she has facilitated dialogue between communities in conflict all over the world and has worked as a consultant to corporations and organizations, applying the dignity model. She is also the author of Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People.

"In this well-organized, thoughtful book, Hicks presents a fascinating look at dignity—a birthright and the baseline for positive human interaction. . . . With its accessible tone, pithy observations and lessons, and Hicks's argument that the 'quest for dignity is as common in the boardroom as in the bedroom,' this book is a must-read for all."—Publishers Weekly

"Drawing notably from evolutionary psychology, William James, John Burton’s human needs approach and other theoretical frameworks, Hicks offers a very pragmatic model to help deal with all different types of conflict. A model that is simple yet quite profound; one which I will not only use in my work with clients but also one I will remember when facing conflicts in all other areas of my life. Dignity: so complex yet so simple. A thoroughly recommended read for all."—Ewa Kremplewska, Psychologist

"Donna Hicks does not disappoint. . . . Dignity: so complex yet so simple. A thoroughly recommended read for all."—Ewa Kremplewska, The Psychologist

Runner-up in General Non-Fiction, 2011 New England Book Festival


Winner of the 2012 Educator's Award, as given by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The award recognizes educational research and writings of women authors whose work may influence the direction of thought and action necessary to meet the needs of today's complex society.

Shortlisted for the 2011 Zócalo Public Square Book Prize, as given by Zócalo Public Square

"The book provides a model for conflict resolution whether in the family, in a school, or between countries. Hicks’ book has the potential to influence personal relationships as well as educational practice. The book is timely, as individuals are seeking stable personal relationships, less bullying, a peaceful world and more cooperative school environments. . . . The book’s readability and organization make it a useful resource for educators and administrators."—DKG News, publication of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, announcing Dignity as winner of DKG’s 2012 Educators Award

2013 Book of the Year, Colorado Conflict Center

“This book is a must read for those who want to experience peace in their everyday lives and peace in the world around them. . . . If you want peace, be sure everyone’s dignity is intact.”—Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

"Original, soundly grounded in scholarship, and extremely important and timely!"—Evelin Lindner, Founding President, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies



"No single factor is more critical, yet more neglected, in the successful resolution of conflicts than basic human dignity. In this insightful, wise, and practical book, illustrated by powerful examples, Donna Hicks explains why dignity is so important and what we can do about it. Highly recommended!."—William Ury, co-author of Getting to Yes and author of The Third Side



"This book offers readers insightful observations, vivid illustrations, and practical strategies for anyone who wants to live a life that upholds and promotes the dignity of all people."—Linda M. Hartling, Director, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies


"With lucid and persuasive scholarship, Donna Hicks discusses a topic relevant for everyone: the desire to be treated well. Dignity is a must-read."—G.A. Bradshaw, The Kerulos Center and author of Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity