Understanding the Spread of Malignant Conflict: A Dynamical Systems Perspective
30 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2009 Last revised: 11 Nov 2009
Date Written: June 15, 2009
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.
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