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Community Conflict
Community conflict

Conflicts in the community have the potential to divide members, but also the potential to bring people closer so they can work together. In some situations, community conflict can do both—uniting people of a similar perspective in the face of a perceived common enemy. The consequences of community conflict appear to polarize individuals more than in the previous two contexts (interpersonal and organizational). One of the reasons is that conflict over resources and values typifies many community conflicts (see Chapter 15, Peterson & Franks, and Chapter 14, Littlejohn); these conflicts often result in “us-versus-them” scenarios because the parties involved perceive lack of intimacy (in the case of interpersonal conflict) or lack of coordinated activity (in the case of organizational conflict). Violence becomes ...

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