n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - A humanistic approach to divorce and family mediation in the South African context : a comparative study of Western-style mediation and African humanistic mediation

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


This article explores the principles and processes of Western-style divorce and family mediation, as well as the principles and processes of African humanistic mediation, as they are applied in South Africa. Critique, as well as the advantages of both approaches, is dealt with. Similarities between the principles are explored. This strategy is informed by holistic knowledge. The knowledge relied upon sometimes demonstrates conflicting worldviews and is in a specific cultural context. The challenge is to find a holistic way of mediation in South Africa. This article proposes ways in which humanistic mediation can be used to positively influence and change the current family mediation practice in South Africa.

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