Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Resolution

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Psychology - 392 pages
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This comprehensive analysis of all kinds of social and political conflicts reveals an important, but neglected truth: conflicts often are waged constructively. Drawing on past and current theory, research, and practice, Constructive Conflicts presents a systematic and coherent approach to understanding how a wide variety of struggles can be waged constructively in a new global context. Visit our website for sample chapters!
 

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Contents

Varieties and Stages of Conflicts
1
Definitions
2
Questions about Social Conflicts
4
Varieties of Conflicts
7
Stages of Conflicts
23
Conclusions
26
Bases of Social Conflicts
30
Theoretical Explanations
31
Conclusions
174
Deescalating Conflicts
181
Processes of Deescalation
182
Changing Conditions
190
Deescalation Policies
199
Conclusions
214
Intermediary Contributions
223
Intermediary Roles
230

Internal Factors
32
System Context
39
Relations between Adversaries
42
Synthesis
47
Emerging Conflicts
58
Identity
59
Grievance
66
Forming Contentious Goals
78
Believing Redress Is Possible
87
Conclusions
91
Alternative Conflict Strategies
100
Types of Inducements
101
Strategies and Modes of Struggle
106
Conclusions
118
Adopting Conflict Strategies
123
Partisan Characteristics
126
Resources Available for Struggle
132
Social Context
139
Conclusions
144
Escalating Conflicts
151
Processes of Escalation
152
Conditions and Policies Generating Destructive Struggles
160
Mediator Contributions
241
Conclusions
247
Negotiations Settlements and Outcomes
254
Paths to Conflict Outcomes
261
Theories and Strategies of Negotiation
265
Forms and Stages of Negotiations
274
Shaping the Outcome
285
Conclusions
296
Consequences
303
Consequences for Internal Features
307
Consequences for Adversary Relations
318
Consequences for the Social Context
324
Conclusions
331
Synthesis Specification and Implications
339
Specification
357
Implications
365
Conclusions
370
Acronyms
377
Selected Organizations in the Field of Constructive Conflicts
379
Index
383
About the Author
393
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Louis Kriesberg is professor emeritus of sociology and Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies at Syracuse University.

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