Intractable Conflicts

Intractable conflicts are high-intensity, prolonged, violent conflicts that are perceived as irresolvable by the parties involved in them. These conflicts are usually characterized by self-perpetuating cycles in which sociopsychological infrastructures developed to assist the societies in conflict to cope with their harsh reality actually end up deepening the presence of the conflict in the collective psyche. This entry provides an overview of the features that comprise intractable conflicts and describes the sociopsychological infrastructures that constitute the self-perpetuating culture of conflict.

Intractable Conflicts Features

Intergroup conflicts erupt when two or more groups perceive their goals or interests to be in direct contradiction to one another’s and decide to act on this basis. This very general situation is an inseparable part of human life and, as such, there are ...

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