Conflict and social psychology

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PRIO, May 17, 1993 - Psychology - 249 pages
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This book is a contribution to conflict theory from the psychological perspective. It aims to meet the need, in a field which has experienced rapid rowth in recent yearss, for the theoretical consolidation of these advances. The first section of the book outlines approaches based on social cognition and perception: how the threat of war affects psychic well being, decision theoretic studies of international conflict and integration complexity during international crises. The second section employs classical social psychological approaches to the topic of conflict. Group categorization and favoritism, a comprehensive social psychological model of conflict and intergroup relations are outlined. The final section presents current research on major conflict related topics, including conflict in Sri Lanka and the role of national identity in today's world. The theme and conclusion of the book is that conlict is our history, but it is born in our social identity and social psychology. Thus it is neither inevitable nor inherent in human nature.

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Contents

Choosing War Choosing Peace Zeev Maoz
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Integrative Complexity International Crises
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A Social Cognitive Theory of Conflict Arie W Kruglanski
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