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Using Conflict Theory - Otomar J. Bartos

Paperback Published: 19th December 2002
ISBN: 9780521794466
Number Of Pages: 232

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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. The authors extract from classical sociological theory (Marx, Dahrendorf, Weber, Durkheim, and Parsons), and interpret for the student how these theoretical perspectives have contributed to understanding social conflict (its sources, the causes of escalation and de-escalation of violence, the negotiations process). The perspectives of contemporary theorists (such as Randall Collins, James Coleman, Joseph Himes, Hubert Blalock) are also brought to bear on these questions.

'Bringing this wide array of material together succinctly is difficult, but the authors succeed ... the book is clearly written and speaks directly to the reader, offering suggestions about how to pursue conflicts constructively; it should prove accessible to college students. This is a useful introduction that would serve as a good text for various courses relating to social conflicts and which could be complemented by other theoretical work and by details accounts of particular conflicts.' Journal of Peace Research
"Particularly in light of recent developments in the war against terrorism, Bartos and Wehr's Using Conflict Theory constitutes a timely contribution and provides enoyable topical reading for the general public as well as for tis main intended audience, students of conflict resolution" Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology,/i> Silvia Dorina Mussano, University of Ulster

List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Development of Conflict Knowledgep. 1
Dealing with Conflict Economically and Effectivelyp. 6
Theorizing about Conflictp. 7
Plan of the Bookp. 10
Understanding Conflictp. 12
What Is a Conflict?p. 12
Incompatible Goalsp. 14
Hostilityp. 19
Conflict Actionp. 22
Conclusionsp. 27
Development of Incompatible Goalsp. 29
Contested Resourcesp. 29
Incompatible Rolesp. 37
Incompatible Valuesp. 41
Conclusionsp. 47
Application to the Civil Rights Strugglep. 50
The African American Struggle for Equalityp. 50
Worldwide Influence of the Strugglep. 53
Theoretical Analysisp. 55
Conclusionsp. 62
Letting Theory Inform Actionp. 63
Emergence of Overt Conflictsp. 70
Conflict Solidarityp. 70
Conflict Resourcesp. 78
Typical Beginningsp. 79
Conclusionsp. 80
Application to Interpersonal Conflictsp. 82
Application to a University Conflictp. 83
Goal Incompatibilityp. 83
Emergence of Overt Conflictp. 88
Making Conflict Emergence Productivep. 93
Escalation and Deescalationp. 98
Main Ingredients of Escalationp. 98
A Model of Escalationp. 103
Escalation Due to Changing Conditionsp. 110
Deescalation Due to Changing Conditionsp. 113
Conclusionsp. 117
The Civil Rights Struggle Revisitedp. 119
Application to Conflict in Bosniap. 122
The Bosnian Conflictp. 122
Theoretical Analysisp. 134
The Bosnian Conflict Reconsideredp. 143
Making Conflict Work Economicallyp. 148
Preventing Serious Conflictp. 148
Moving toward Cooperationp. 157
Controlling Escalationp. 162
Conclusionsp. 171
Understanding and Managing Conflictsp. 174
Understanding Conflictsp. 174
Becoming a Skilled Conflict Actorp. 180
Routes to Careersp. 185
Prelude to the Dissolution of Yugoslaviap. 188
Notesp. 196
Referencesp. 205
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780521794466
ISBN-10: 0521794463
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 19th December 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34