Political Insults: How Offenses Escalate Conflict by Karina V. KorostelinaPolitical Insults: How Offenses Escalate Conflict by Karina V. Korostelina

Political Insults: How Offenses Escalate Conflict

byKarina V. Korostelina

Hardcover | June 27, 2014

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Five women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow and began a performance of a "Punk Prayer." Young people fried eggs on the eternal flame near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ukraine. A small island in the Japan Sea provoked a diplomatic spat between the leadership of Japanand South Korea. All of these incidents are examples of politically motivated insults that escalated into surprisingly significant clashes. While the field of conflict analysis has looked extensively at the dynamics of insults between individuals, it has largely ignored the more complicated dynamics of insult commited between groups, often of uneven political and social power. In this book, Karina V. Korostelina offers a novel frameworkfor analyzing the ways in which seemingly minor insults between ethnic groups, nations, and other types of groups escalate to disproportionately violent behavior and political conflict. Insult can take many forms. Yet, as this book shows, it is always a social act mutually defined between groups,and it has the power to destablize and redefine social and power hierarchies. Korostelina identifies six different drivers of political insults, producing a theoretical model for analyzing intergroup insult and conflict. She uses her model to explore each of the incidents above, among other recentconflicts, to explicate the complicated dynamics that figure within them. The book concludes with practical suggestions for analyzing and resolving complex conflict situations.
Karina V. Korostelina is Associate Professor and Director of the Program on Identity, History, and Conflict at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
Title:Political Insults: How Offenses Escalate ConflictFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199372810

ISBN - 13:9780199372812


Table of Contents

AcknowledgementList of tablesGlossaryIntroduction1. Deconstructing Intergroup Insult2. Pussy Riot in Russia3. Victory Day Violence in Ukraine4. Murder and Release5. Islands between Two Countries6. Declaration of War7. Dealing with InsultNotesSelected bibliographyIndex