Introduction to Conflict Studies: Empirical, Theoretical, and Ethical Dimensions by Jean-Francois Rioux

Introduction to Conflict Studies: Empirical, Theoretical, and Ethical Dimensions

byJean-Francois Rioux, Vern Neufeld Redekop

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Introduction to Conflict Studies examines the nature, causes, dynamics, and ethical issues of all levels of conflict through a variety of theoretical lenses. With a strong awareness of the increasing complexity of conflict in the twenty-first century, the authors explore how and why conflictsstart, how they escalate, and how they might be managed or resolved through such techniques as negotiation, mediation, peacekeeping, and reconciliation.

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Dr Jean-Francois Rioux is an associate professor in the Department of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University. He's written extensively on conflict studies, Canadian foreign policy, and armed conflicts, including two books in French and one in English. Dr Vern Neufeld Redekop is an associate professor in the Department of Confli...

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Title:Introduction to Conflict Studies: Empirical, Theoretical, and Ethical DimensionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:478 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.66 inPublished:August 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Background1. What Is Conflict?The Definition of ConflictThe Objects of ConflictThe Structure of ConflictDisputes, Contests, and ConflictsIs Conflict Always Destructive?Conflict, Aggression, ViolencePart II: Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Contemporary World2. Small Group and Interpersonal ConflictTrends in Small-Scale ConflictEntangled ConflictsViolence in Small Group and Interpersonal ConflictConflict Resolution at Ground Level3. Large-Scale Societal ConflictDiscordant SocietiesThe Increasing Complexity of Major Societal ConflictsViolent and Peaceful TransformationsConflict Resolution at the National Level4. International ConflictA World of ConflictsThe Growing Complexity of International ConflictsThe Relative Decline of International ViolenceAn Increasing International Repertory of Conflict Resolution ProcessesPart III: The Causes of Conflict5. Is Conflict Behaviour Rational?What Is Rational Behaviour?Liberal Economics and ConflictTwo Examples of the Rational Choice Theory in Conflict StudiesGame TheoryCritiques of the Rational Choice Approach6. Are Conflicts Driven by Biological Needs?Biological Roots of Human ConflictPopulation, Resources, and ConflictA Biological Approach to EmotionsComplex Adaptive Systems7. The Psychology of ConflictPsychoanalysisBehaviourismPersonality and ConflictSocial Psychology and Conflict8. Conflict as a Social OutcomePolitical Power and ConflictEconomic and Class ConflictSocial Change and ConflictCultures, Identity, and ConflictGender and Conflict9. Recent Philosophical Approaches to ConflictThe Philosophical TraditionCritical TheoryPostmodernismRelations between Self and OtherMimetic Theory: The Contribution of Rene GirardPart IV: Conflict Resolution10. How People Behave in ConflictBehavioural ApproachesLevels of ConsciousnessTacticsCommunicationConflict Escalation11. Processes for Dealing with ConflictAddressing ConflictNegotiationConciliationGroup Intervention ProcessesMediationArbitrationAdjudicationAuthoritative AllocationTraditional ProcessesModern Conflict Resolution SystemsUnusual Methods of Conflict Resolution12. The Prevention and Resolution of Violent ConflictDiplomacyThe Rise of Negotiated Peace SettlementsContemporary Peace AgreementsPeace MissionsCoercive Actions and Peace: Chapter VII and BeyondPeacebuildingConfidence-Building MeasuresDisarmament and Arms Control13. ReconciliationEtymologiesApproaches to ReconciliationThe Complexity of ReconciliationReconciliation as a GoalReconciliation as a ProcessCase Studies of ReconciliationPart V: Ethical Issues14. Conflict, Violence, and Ethics?Values, Principles, and GoalsEthical Drivers of ConflictThe Just War Tradition15. What Role Does Justice Play?Justice and ConflictOrigins of JusticeJust InstitutionsJustice in ContextAspects of an Unjust ActionParadigms of JusticeMercy, Pardon, and Forgiveness16. What Is the Relationship Between Conflict and Peace?Definitions of PeacePeace as an OrientationNon-violencePeace Research and Peace EducationPeace ChallengesCritical Reflections17. Ethics and Conflict SpecialistsEthical VisionReflective/Reflexive PracticeDeontological MomentsMoral Dilemmas

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"The book covers a vast array of theoretical literature and would be very useful for someone coming to the subject matter for the first time." --Paul Gecelovsky, University of Western Ontario