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In Violent Emotions, Retzinger explores the role of hidden alienation and shame as the source of repetitious cycles of conflict. Theories and research from large-scale conflict, marital disputes, and communication processes are reviewed and provide a background for a new integrative theory developed by the author. In testing her theory of prolonged conflict, Retzinger utilizes complex verbal and nonverbal coding schemes, identifies specific emotions within the context of marital disputes, and points out recurring patterns preceding the escalation of an argument. She provides exemplars of how this theory works through an intensive analysis of conflict exchange in four case studies and uses vivid descriptions to illustrate important points about communication in intimate relationships. Violent Emotions provides much needed data that will be useful for preventive ...

Theoretical Perspectives on Conflict
Theoretical perspectives on conflict

Things are in the saddle. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Ode Inscribed to W. H. Channing”)

Sociology has the oldest research tradition in the study of conflict; it arose out of the intention to reform. Marx was perhaps the first conflict theorist, as he addressed the struggle between classes—“the property owners and the propertyless workers.” One result of the struggle between the haves and the have-nots was that “the increasing world of things proceeds in direct proportion to the devaluation of the world of men” (Marx, in Tucker, 1978, p. 71). Objectified labor becomes an “alien, hostile, powerful object independent [of the person, and whose] position towards it is such that someone else is the master of this object, someone who ...

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