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New Directions in Conflict Theory

New Directions in Conflict Theory
Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation

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September 1991 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Recent developments in the international political scene have caused scholars and theorists to rethink accepted views on conflict theory. Consequently, the contributors to this timely volume believe that conflict theory must now move in new directions. Are all conflicts resolvable? New Directions in Conflict Theory argues that instead of being resolved, conflicts are usually transformed by redefining the actors, issues, or modes of operation. This process may not eliminate the conflict but may divert it into a more manageable and less violent course. In developing the transformation perspective, this volume explores the validity of rational and subjective approaches to conflict resolution, considers the value of international law and organizations for addressing complex social phenomena, and outlines a structural approach to international conflicts. In addition it extends the analysis of conflict transformation to new issues on the international agenda, such as antagonism between urban and rural areas and threats to the environment. This wide-ranging and multiperspective review of conflict theory is essential reading for scholars and students in peace studies, international relations, and international politics.

Raimo V[um]ayrynen
To Settle or to Transform? Perspectives on the Resolution of National and International Conflicts
Morton Deutsch
Subjective Features of Conflict Resolution
Psychological, Social and Cultural Influences

Michael Nicholson
Negotiation, Agreement and Conflict Resolution
The Role of Rational Approaches and their Criticism

Richard Falk
International Law in a Fragmented World
The Challenge of New Issues and New Actors

Michael Renner, Mario Pianta and Cinzia Franchi
International Conflict and Environmental Degradation
Peter Wallensteen
The Resolution and Transformation of International Conflicts
A Structural Perspective

Juergen Dedring
Multilateral Aspects of Conflict Resolution
Hans Nagpaul
Urban-Rural Relationships and Social Conflicts in India
Susana Pe[ti]nalva
Urbanization, Urban-Rural Cleavages and Conflicts in Latin America

`...a useful and innovative model...contains worthwhile insights and excellent up-to-date bibliographic references' - Canadian Journal of Political Science

`This book is a recommended addition to the field of conflict theory literature. It may be partiuclarly interesting to those who are already quite familiar with the general theories in the area of conflict resolution. The volume contains helpful bibliographical references and insightful analysis.' - Millennium

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ISBN: 9780803984370