Understanding the Spread of Malignant Conflict: A Dynamical Systems Perspective

30 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2009 Last revised: 11 Nov 2009

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Naira Musallam

Columbia University

Peter T. Coleman

Columbia University - Teachers' College

Andrzej Nowak

University of Warsaw - Institute for Social Studies

Date Written: June 15, 2009

Abstract

Using a Dynamical Systems Perspective, the current paper will examine the processes and the mechanisms under which conflict malignancy spreads psychologically, socially, and structurally. The paper includes the following sections: 1) a discussion of the characteristics of malignant social conflicts, 2) a review of the literature on psychological, social, and structural dimensions related to conflict pervasiveness, 3) findings from an exploratory study conducted with Israelis and Palestinians on the spread of destructive conflict, and 4) a discussion of the relevance of dynamical-systems theory for conceptualizing and measuring the spread of negativity in conflict.

Suggested Citation

Musallam, Naira and Coleman, Peter T. and Nowak, Andrzej, Understanding the Spread of Malignant Conflict: A Dynamical Systems Perspective (June 15, 2009). 22nd Annual IACM Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1493529 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1493529

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Peter T. Coleman

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Andrzej Nowak

University of Warsaw - Institute for Social Studies ( email )

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