Attracted to Conflict: Dynamic Foundations of Destructive Social Relations [electronic resource] : Dynamic Foundations of Destructive Social Relations / by Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina Kugler, Andrea Bartoli.Material type: TextSeries: Peace Psychology Book Series: Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer, 2013Description: XII, 242 p. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783642352805Subject(s): Social sciences | Statistical physics | Dynamical systems | Complexity, Computational | Psychology | Social Sciences | Methodology of the Social Sciences | Complexity | Psychology, general | Statistical Physics, Dynamical Systems and ComplexityAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 300.1 LOC classification: H61-61.95Online resources: Texto completo
|Item type||Current location||Shelving location||Call number||Status||Date due||Barcode||Item holds|
|Springer (Colección 2013)||BIBLIOTECA GENERAL||Ciencia del Comportamiento||Ciencia del Comportamiento (Browse shelf)||Available|
Overview: Conflict in Human Experience -- Origins: The Promise of Dynamical Systems Theory -- Foundations: The Dynamical Perspective on Social Processes -- Patterns: Trajectories of Conflict -- Traps: Intractable Conflict as a Dynamical System -- Escape: How Intractable Conflicts Can Be Transformed -- Sustainability: The Dynamics of Enduring Peace -- Epilogue: Conflict in the 21st Century -- Design for Workshops on the Application of Dynamical Systems to Intractable Conflict -- Simulation of Attractor Dynamics -- References -- Author Index -- Subject Index.
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. .