Introduction to Conflict Studies Empirical, Theoretical, and Ethical Dimensions

ISBN-10: 0195446542
ISBN-13: 9780195446548
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 8/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 478
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Introduction to Conflict Studies: Empirical, Theoretical, and Ethical Dimensions is a survey textbook that takes a multidisciplinary approach to study the nature of conflict, the actions of people in conflict, and the processes used to deal with conflict. The wider goal of the book is toprovide the reader with an accurate and balanced view of the main schools of thought on conflict analysis and conflict resolution.Organized into five parts, each section is built around answering a question central to the aspect of conflict under discussion. These questions are:1. What is conflict?2. How is conflict experienced at different levels in the world at the present time?3. What are the causes and dynamics of conflict from different perspectives?4. How do we, and can we, deal with conflict?5. What ethical issues emerge from the study of conflict and from interventions in conflicts?The content is supported by concise chapter conclusions and a full range of pedagogical features, including questions for critical thinking and case studies highlighting actual conflicts and their outcomes, along with an analysis of the effectiveness of the approaches taken in addressing theconflict.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Background
What Is Conflict?
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
The Definition of Conflict
The Objects of Conflict
The Structure of Conflict
Disputes, Contests, and Conflicts
Is Conflict Always Destructive?
Conflict, Aggression, Violence
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Note
Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Contemporary World
Small Group and Interpersonal Conflict
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Trends in Small-Scale Conflict
Entangled Conflicts
Violence in Small Group and Interpersonal Conflict
Conflict Resolution at Ground Level
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Large-Scale Societal Conflict
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Discordant Societies
The Increasing Complexity of Major Societal Conflicts
Violent and Peaceful Transformations
Conflict Resolution at the National Level
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
International Conflict
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
A World of Conflicts
The Growing Complexity of International Conflicts
The Relative Decline of International Violence
An Increasing International Repertory of Conflict Resolution Processes
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
The Causes of Conflict
Is Conflict Behaviour Rational?
Chapter Objectives
What Is Rational Behaviour?
Liberal Economics and Conflict
Two Examples of the Rational Choice Theory in Conflict Studies
Game Theory
Critiques of the Rational Choice Approach
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Are Conflicts Driven by Biological Needs?
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Biological Roots of Human Conflict
Population, Resources, and Conflict
A Biological Approach to Emotions
Complex Adaptive Systems
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Notes
The Psychology of Conflict
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Psychoanalysis
Behaviourism
Personality and Conflict
Social Psychology and Conflict
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Conflict as a Social Outcome
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Political Power and Conflict
Economic and Class Conflict
Social Change and Conflict
Cultures, Identity, and Conflict
Gender and Conflict
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Recent Philosophical Approaches to Conflict
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
The Philosophical Tradition
Critical Theory
Postmodernism
Relations between Self and Other
Mimetic TheoryThe Contribution of Rene Girard
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Conflict Resolution
How People Behave in Conflict
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Behavioural Approaches
Levels of Consciousness
Tactics
Communication
Conflict Escalation
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Processes for Dealing with Conflict
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Addressing Conflict
Negotiation
Conciliation
Group Intervention Processes
Mediation
Arbitration
Adjudication
Authoritative Allocation
Traditional Processes
Modern Conflict Resolution Systems
Unusual Methods of Conflict Resolution
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
The Prevention and Resolution of Violent Conflict
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Diplomacy
The Rise of Negotiated Peace Settlements
Contemporary Peace Agreements
Peace Missions
Coercive Actions and PeaceChapter VII and Beyond
Peacebuilding
Confidence-Building Measures
Disarmament and Arms Control
Conclusions
Discussion Questions
Notes
Reconciliation
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Etymologies
Approaches to Reconciliation
The Complexity of Reconciliation
Reconciliation as a Goal
Reconciliation as a Process
Case Studies of Reconciliation
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Ethical Issues
Conflict, Violence, and Ethics?
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Values, Principles, and Goals
Ethical Drivers of Conflict
The Just War Tradition
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
What Role Does Justice Play?
Chapter Objectives
Justice and Conflict
Origins of Justice
Just Institutions
Justice in Context
Aspects of an Unjust Action
Paradigms of Justice
Mercy, Pardon, and Forgiveness
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
What Is the Relationship Between Conflict and Peace?
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Definitions of Peace
Peace as an Orientation
Non-violence
Peace Research and Peace Education
Peace Challenges
Critical Reflections
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Ethics and Conflict Specialists
Chapter Objectives
Introduction
Ethical Vision
Reflective/Reflexive Practice
Deontological Moments
Moral Dilemmas
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Notes
Conclusions
Glossary
References
Index

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