An examination of human behaviour within the framework of conflict, in which the author attempts to answer questions pertaining to conflict by examining common structures and processes found in human conflicts in many settings. He demonstrates how such common features reveal themselves in conflicts as ostensibly different as international war and interpersonal disagreements in organizations. Ideas and insights are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, including political science, international relations, social psychology and the sociology of conflict and are combined in a framework that provides a guide to the genesis and course of contemporary disputes, whether between states, communities, classes or families. Particular emphasis is laid upon the complex and interlocking structure of conflicts and the way in which internal differences affect the ability of adversaries to prosecute a conflict successfully, or conclude a compromise peace satisfactorily. Attention is also directed towards the psychology of "being in conflict" and how this affects the adversaries view of others, the behaviour used in this conflict and the range of outcomes considered feasible and acceptable.
The study also attempts to deal with the problems of peacemaking for third parties and analyzes the type of actions open to potential intermediaries attempting to end or manage disruptive disputes.
List of Tables - List of Figures - Foreword - Introduction - PART 1 THE STRUCTURE OF CONFLICT - Structure - Conflict Situations - Processes - PART 2 CONDUCTING CONFLICT - Psychological Dimensions of Conflict - Perceptions During Conflict - Conflict Behaviour - Conflict Behaviour as Communication - PART 3 ENDING CONFLICT - Conflict Termination - Settlement Strategies - The Structure of Negotiations - PART 4 CONTAINING CONFLICT - Managing Conflict - Peacemaking - Afterword: Future Directions - Notes - Bibliography - Index
Number Of Pages: 355
Published: 15th March 1989
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1