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Resolving Structural Conflicts: How Violent Systems Can Be Transformed / Edition 1

Resolving Structural Conflicts: How Violent Systems Can Be Transformed / Edition 1

by Richard E. RubensteinRichard E. Rubenstein


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This book analyses how certain types of social systems generate violent conflict and discusses how these systems can be transformed in order to create the conditions for positive peace. Resolving Structural Conflicts addresses a key issue in the field of conflict studies: what to do about violent conflicts that are not the results of misunderstanding, prejudice, or malice, but the products of a social system that generates violent conflict as part of its normal operations. This question poses enormous challenges to those interested in conflict resolution, since the solution to this problem involves restructuring social, political, and cultural systems rather than just calling in a mediator to help people arrive at an agreement. This study breaks new ground in showing how local conflicts involving crime, police, and prisons; transnational conflicts involving religious terrorism by groups like ISIS; and international conflicts involving great power clashes are all produced in large part by elite-driven, exploitative or oppressive social structures. It also presents new ideas about the implications of this 'structural turn' for the practice of conflict resolution, emphasizing the need for conflict resolvers to embrace a new politics and to broaden their methods far beyond traditional forms of facilitation. Written by a leading scholar, this book will be of much interest to students of conflict resolution, peace studies, war and conflict studies, sociology, political science and IR in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138956339
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/20/2017
Series: Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard E. Rubenstein is Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, and the author of eight books, including most recently Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War (2010).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

1 Partisan moralism and the need for structural thought 7

2 How do social systems generate violence? 31

3 Violent systems and their transformation 53

4 Class conflict and the problem of crime 83

5 Cultural conflict and the problem of religious violence 113

6 Structural conflict resolution: toward a new politics 135

Index 155

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