Constructive Conflicts provides a framework for analyzing social conflicts of all kinds, with emphasis on how conflicts can lead to positive change. The fifth edition of this comprehensive and highly-regarded book has been updated and revised throughout. The book introduces key principles, uses a wide range of case studies, applies core ideas about conflicts, synthesizes interdisciplinary perspectives, and shares the latest research. Louis Kriesberg and Bruce W. Dayton examine the many factors that cause social conflicts to move more or less constructively through a series of stages: emergence, escalation, de-escalation, becoming transformed and settled, and often emerging again in new forms. This fifth edition pays increased attention to the significant role of social movements and non-governmental organizations as conflict actors, the use of non-coercive but persuasive means for both escalating and de-escalating conflicts, and the kinds of post-conflict activities that are most likely to result in enduring peace.
Louis Kriesberg is professor emeritus of sociology and Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies at Syracuse University. He is the founding director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts and past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Bruce W. Dayton is associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation and director of the CONTACT Peacebuilding Program at the SIT Graduate Institute, School for International Training.
List of Figures and Tables Preface and Acknowledgments Acronyms 1 Analyzing Social Conflicts 2 Underlying Conditions for Social Conflicts 3 The Emergence of Conflicts 4 Alternative Conflict Strategies 5 Adopting Conflict Strategies 6 Escalation of Conflicts 7 De-escalation of Conflicts 8 Mediation in Conflicts 9 Settling Conflicts 10 Conflict Outcomes and Consequences 11 Synthesis, Specifications, and Challenges Appendix A: Selected Organizations in the Field of Constructive Conflicts Appendix B: Selected Websites Relating to Social Conflicts Index About the Authors