Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities
Edited By Flocel Sabaté
Processes and dynamics of building an identity for intercultural mediators
Universitat de Lleida
1.From natural to professional1
The word “mediation” has been used since the 13th century to designate intervening between two people or groups. This intervention could be to mediate between neighbours arguing about the ownership of land, between families trying to arrange a marriage or share out an inheritance, or between victims and those who had committed a crime and trying to decide who was to blame. Mediators were considered as such by their neighbours due to their prudence, responsibility and wisdom, reasons to place one’s trust in them.
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