Using Conflict Theory

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 15, 2002 - Political Science - 219 pages
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Human conflict from family feuds, to labor strikes, to national warfare is an ever-present and universal social problem and the methods to manage it, a challenge for everyone, from average citizens to policymakers and social theorists. Using Conflict Theory will educate students about how, under what conditions, and why conflict erupts, and how it can be managed. It is a unique classroom book blending theory and practical application and the first to bridge for students the science of social theory and the art of practice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Dealing with Conflict Economically and Effectively
6
Theorizing about Conflict
7
Plan of the Book
10
Understanding Conflict
12
Incompatible Goals
14
Hostility
19
Conflict Action
22
Emergence of Overt Conflict
88
Making Conflict Emergence Productive
93
Escalation and Deescalation
98
A Model of Escalation
103
Escalation Due to Changing Conditions
110
Deescalation Due to Changing Conditions
113
Conclusions
117
The Civil Rights Struggle Revisited
119

Conclusions
27
Development of Incompatible Goals
29
Incompatible Roles
37
Incompatible Values
41
Conclusions
47
Application to the Civil Rights Struggle
50
Worldwide Influence of the Struggle
53
Theoretical Analysis
55
Conclusions
62
Letting Theory Inform Action
63
Emergence of Overt Conflicts
70
Conflict Resources
78
Typical Beginnings
79
Conclusions
80
Application to Interpersonal Conflicts
82
Application to a University Conflict
83
Application to Conflict in Bosnia
122
Theoretical Analysis
134
The Bosnian Conflict Reconsidered
143
Making Conflict Work Economically
148
Moving toward Cooperation
157
Controlling Escalation
162
Conclusions
171
Understanding and Managing Conflicts
174
Becoming a Skilled Conflict Actor
180
Routes to Careers
185
Prelude to the Dissolution of Yugoslavia
188
Notes
196
References
205
Index
213
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