Conflict Theory

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If you are the manager of an office or other workplace, knowing how to deal with employee conflicts is essential. It helps you maintain a healthy, happy work environment where productivity reigns and employees do not quit on a regular basis. Familiarizing yourself with common coworker conflict scenarios gives you a better idea of what...

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Summary of: Pasupuleti. S., (2021). Humor styles and conflict management in IT professions. Indian Association of Health, Research and Welfare, 12(3), 278-281. Background & Theory Researchers were curious about the correlation between one’s humor style and their ability to resolve conflict. IT professionals from Hyderabad participated to find if this was true. In the profession...

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Earlier this year, we wrote a summary of a research paper that studied societies with inherent peace systems and came up with eight actionable keys to a peaceful organization. The paper focused on peace systems through anthropological and historical literature and their correlation with certain identified peace values. While it was often believed that all...

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Summary of: Leshem, O. A., & Halperin, E. (2020). Lay theories of peace and their influence on policy preference during violent conflict. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117(31), 18378–18384. https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2005928117 Background & Theory The authors of this paper define the Lay theories of peace as 1) Positive peace, 2)...

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Summary of: Saguy, T., Sobol-Sarag, D., Halabi, S., Stroebe, K., Bruneau, E., & Hasan-Aslih, S. (2020). When a sense of “we” is lost: Investigating the consequences of a lost common identity among druze in Israel. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11(5), 667–675. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1948550619884562 Background & Theory The Arab Druze community in Israel has historically had good relations with...

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Summary of: Yucel, D., & Psaltis, C. (2020). Intergroup contact and willingness for renewed cohabitation in Cyprus: Exploring the mediating and moderating mechanisms. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 23(4), 578–597. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1368430219845053 Background & Theory Intergroup contact theory has been popular amongst conflict and social psychology researchers for a long time. Regionally, Cyprus has seen a protracted conflict between...

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Summary of: Lowe, M. (2020). Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration. Behavioral & Experimental Economics eJournal. Background & Theory Intergroup contact theory or the contact hypothesis is a well-known method of improving ties between communities. In this research, the author argues that the efficacy of intergroup contact depends highly on...

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Summary of: White, S.M., Schroeder, J., & Risen, J.L. (2020). When “enemies” become close: Relationship formation among Palestinians and Jewish Israelis at a youth camp. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1-84. Background & Theory Previous research has tried to investigate the role of contact and proximity in bridging outgroup relations. Conceptualized by Allport (1954), intergroup contact...

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Whether at the international or interpersonal level, terms like conflict management and conflict resolution are often used synonymously, even though both actually have different definitions. Lesser known but equally important is the concept of conflict transformation, which also holds its own unique definition apart from its conflict management and conflict resolution cousins. Considering that each...

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Summary of: Gur, T., Ayal, S. and Halperin, E. (2020), A Bright Side of Sadness: The Depolarizing Role of Sadness in Intergroup Conflicts. Eur J Soc Psychol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2715 Background & Theory In our highly divided world, it is important to understand the conditions under which polarization is strengthened or weakened. Conflict situations...

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