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Social Conflicts and Collective Identities

Edited by Patrick G. Coy and Lynne M. Woehrle - Contributions by Sean Byrne; Verna M. Cavey; Celia Cook-Huffman; Nora Femenia; Richard Kendrick; Ross A. Klein; Gina Petonito; Brian Polkinghorn and Christine Wagner

Despite the ubiquity of conflict, significant gaps remain in our knowledge of what influences its escalation and resolution. How collective identity formation impacts social conflicts is taken up in these compelling case studies, ranging from church and community disputes, ethnic conflicts, environmental disputes, to international trade disputes and wars. Important themes include the dynamics of enemy-imaging, the constructs of race and gender, in-groups and out-groups, and the double-edged potential of collective identity formation to both escalate and de-escalate conflicts. Throughout, social conflicts are presented as potent forces for cultural and political change. The contributors highlight methods for resolving intractable identity-based conflicts, including challenging assumptions about the OOther,O creating inclusive identities, and using various negotiation and mediation venues as catalysts for constructive identity shifts. With its ground-breaking scholarship, Social Conflicts and Collective Identities is sure to become a basic building block for the burgeoning conflict resolution field and for improved understanding of identity dynamics in human conflict. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 232Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-0051-8 • Paperback • August 2000 • $39.00 • (£24.95)
Patrick G. Coy is assistant professor at Kent State University's Center for Applied Conflict Management. Lynne M. Woehrle is assistant professor of sociology at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennslyvania.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Collective Identities and the Development of Conflict Analysis
Part 2 Constructing the Other and Creating Conflicts
Chapter 3 Racial Discourse and Enemy Construction: Justifying the Internment "Solution" to the "Japanese Problem" during World War II
Chapter 4 Foreign Policy Decision-Making in the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas War
Chapter 5 David Versus Goliath: The Big Power of Small States
Chapter 6 Conflict and Children: Integrated Education in the Segregated Society of Northern Ireland
Part 7 Constructing Identities and Resolving Conflicts
Chapter 8 Who Do They Say We Are? Framing Social Identity and Gender in Church Conflict
Chapter 9 Fighting Among Friends: The Quaker Separation of 1827
Chapter 10 Identity Politics and Environmental Conflict Dynamics: Reexamination of the Negotiated Rulemaking Process
Chapter 11 Rediscovering Memorial Day: Politics, Patriotism, and Gender
Chapter 12 Swimming against the Tide: Peace Movement Recruitment in an Abeyance Environment
By examining a highly varied set of social conflicts, the authors demonstrate the many important ways collective identities affect but also are shaped by the escalation and de-escalation of conflicts. Considering these wonderfully diverse cases compels the reader to recognize that the formation and the content of identity should be regarded as problematic. The authors provide fresh thinking and intriguing data about identity in all kinds of conflicts, suggesting ways that conflicts can be waged relatively constructively. This is an exciting book about some of the most challenging issues of the contemporary world.
Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University

Identity and conflict are passionate forces indeed. When they are combined, the result is a combustible mixture that can either destroy or create depending upon whether and how the mixture is handled. The simultaneously scholarly and engaged essays in this fine collection make an outstanding contribution to the growing literature on the topic, providing important insight about and ideas for handling the growing class of identity-based conflict within and between countries and communities throughout the world.
Jay Rothman, director of the ARIA Group, Inc., author of Resloving Identity Based Conflict in Nations, Organizations and Communities

This book offers fresh theoretical insights and empirically grounded case studies on the complex interplay between identity, conflict, and conflict resolution. Highly original, well-researched, and timely, this text is an invaluable resource for teachers, researchers, and practitioners.
Simona Sharoni, The Evergreen State College and the Consortium on Peace Research (COPRED)

Coy and Woehrle have compiled an intriguing array of scholarly articles in their new book on the dynamic role of identity in shaping conflict. Chapters in the book deal with a wide range of conflicts, from international wars to church conflicts, from school system to the environment.

This book is an important contribution to peace studies, which should be in every college library. It should be on reading lists for classes at the upperclass and graduate levels.
Psa News

Addresses this timely yet timeless topic in fresh, provocative way. It [the book] contains work by gifted scholars who are taking conflict studies to new depths. We and the field of conflict studies are their beneficiaries.
Peace and Conflict: Journal Of Peace Psychology

This is a valuable and pertinent addition to the literature on identity and conflict, and examines a diverse range of actors, levels, and issues, in a phenomena that is now global.
Ethnic Conflict Research Digest