Advertisement

Attracted to Conflict: Dynamic Foundations of Destructive Social Relations

Dynamic Foundations of Destructive Social Relations

  • Robin R. Vallacher
  • Peter T. Coleman
  • Andrzej Nowak
  • Lan Bui-Wrzosinska
  • Larry Liebovitch
  • Katharina Kugler
  • Andrea Bartoli

Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina G. Kugler et al.
    Pages 1-18
  3. Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina G. Kugler et al.
    Pages 19-52
  4. Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina G. Kugler et al.
    Pages 53-75
  5. Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina G. Kugler et al.
    Pages 77-101
  6. Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina G. Kugler et al.
    Pages 103-136
  7. Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina G. Kugler et al.
    Pages 137-164
  8. Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina G. Kugler et al.
    Pages 165-189
  9. Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina G. Kugler et al.
    Pages 191-201
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 203-242

About this book

Introduction

Conflict is inherent in virtually every aspect of human relations, from sport to parliamentary democracy, from fashion in the arts to paradigmatic challenges in the sciences, and from economic activity to intimate relationships.  Yet, it can become among the most serious social problems humans face when it loses its constructive features and becomes protracted over time with no obvious means of resolution.

 This book addresses the subject of intractable social conflict from a new vantage point.  Here, these types of conflict represent self-organizing phenomena, emerging quite naturally from the ongoing dynamics in human interaction at any scale—from the interpersonal to the international.  Using the universal language and computational framework of nonlinear dynamical systems theory in combination with recent insights from social psychology, intractable conflict is understood as a system locked in special attractor states that constrain the thoughts and actions of the parties to the conflict.  The emergence and maintenance of attractors for conflict can be described by means of formal models that incorporate the results of computer simulations, experiments, field research, and archival analyses.  Multi-disciplinary research reflecting these approaches provides encouraging support for the dynamical systems perspective.

 Importantly, this text presents new views on conflict resolution.  In contrast to traditional approaches that tend to focus on basic, short-lived cause-effect relations, the dynamical perspective emphasizes the temporal patterns and potential for emergence in destructive relations.  Attractor deconstruction entails restoring complexity to a conflict scenario by isolating elements or changing the feedback loops among them.  The creation of a latent attractor trades on the tendency toward multi-stability in dynamical systems and entails the consolidation of incongruent (positive) elements into a coherent structure.  In the bifurcation scenario, factors are identified that can change the number and types of attractors in a conflict scenario.  The implementation of these strategies may hold the key to unlocking intractable conflict, creating the potential for constructive social relations. 

 

Keywords

Complex Human Interactions Conflict Dynamics Intractable Conflict Quantitative Social Pyschology Social Dynamical Systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Robin R. Vallacher
    • 1
  • Peter T. Coleman
    • 2
  • Andrzej Nowak
    • 3
  • Lan Bui-Wrzosinska
    • 4
  • Larry Liebovitch
    • 5
  • Katharina Kugler
    • 6
  • Andrea Bartoli
    • 7
  1. 1., Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  2. 2.Columbia University, International Center for Cooperation andTeacher's CollegeNEW YORKUSA
  3. 3., Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  4. 4.Humanities, International Center for Complexity andWarsaw School of Social Sciences andWarsawPoland
  5. 5.City University of New York, Division of Mathematics andQueens CollegeNew YorkUSA
  6. 6.Munich, Economic and Organisational PsychologyLudwig-Maximilians-Universitaet MuenchenMünchenGermany
  7. 7., School for Conflict Analysis andGeorge Mason UniversityArlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35280-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-35279-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-35280-5
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Pharma
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods