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Rethinking intractable conflict: the perspective of dynamical systems

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Title: Rethinking intractable conflict: the perspective of dynamical systems.
Name(s): Vallacher, Robin R., creator
Coleman, Peter T., creator
Nowak, Andrzej, creator
Bui-Wrzosinska, Lan, creator
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 28 p.
Language(s): English
Identifier: 2683585 (digitool), FADT2683585 (IID), fau:2641 (fedora), 10.1037/a0019290 (doi)
FAU Department/College: Department of Psychology Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Note(s): Intractable conflicts are demoralizing. Beyond destabilizing the families, communities, or international regions in which they occur, they tend to perpetuate the very conditions of misery and hate that contributed to them in the first place. Although the common factors and processes associated with intractable conflicts have been identified through research, they represent an embarrassment of riches for theory construction. Thus, the current task in this area is integrating these diverse factors into an account that provides a coherent perspective yet allows for prediction and a basis for conflict resolution in specific conflict settings. We suggest that the perspective of dynamical systems provides such an account. This article outlines the key concepts and hypotheses associated with this approach. It is organized around a set of basic questions concerning intractable conflict for which the dynamical perspective offers fresh insight and testable propositions. The questions and answers are intended to provide readers with basic concepts and principles of complexity and dynamical systems that are useful for rethinking the nature of intractable conflict and the means by which such conflict can be transformed.
This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record. The final published version is available online at Vallacher, Robin R., Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui‐Wrzosinska (2010) Rethinking Intractable Conflict: The Perspective of Dynamical Systems, American Psychologist 65(4)262‐278. DOI: 10.1037/a0019290
Subject(s): Conflict (Psychology) --Research.
Dynamics --Psychological aspects.
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