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Krishna Kandath

In: The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Communication: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice

Chapter 18: Critical Approaches to Community Conflict in Developing Countries: A Case Study of India

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Critical Approaches to Community Conflict in Developing Countries: A Case Study of India
Critical approaches to community conflict in developing countries: A case study of india

Conflict is a defining feature of all social systems. It is even reasonable to suggest that what best identifies us as humans is our propensity for conflict. To make such an observation is to adopt a critical perspective on conflict. Dominant perspectives tend to attach negative connotations to conflict, often indicative of a kind of disruption to the assumed normality of social and personal relations (see, e.g., Wilmot & Hocker, 2001). In general, Western cultures do not value conflict. Conflicts are targeted for resolution or sometimes even ignored. There is not much room in the social discourse to talk openly ...

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