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Theories on Social Conflict
An examination of the theories that attempt to explain why social conflicts occur.
# 61349 | 11,526 words | 46 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Sep 30, 2005 in Sociology (Theory) , Sociology (General)

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This paper reviews literature concerning theories on social conflict and looks at how these theories shaped the social conflicts that occurred in Northern Ireland. The theories discussed in the paper include 'Social Identity Theory', 'Identity Theory', 'Self-determination Theory' and 'Human Needs Theory.' The paper concludes with the finding that, overall, the literature review indicates that there is reason to believe that there will be lasting change in Northern Ireland.

Social Identity Theory and Identity Theory
Self-determination Theory
Human Needs Theory
Social Movement Analysis in Context of Northern Ireland Social Attitudes
and Conflict
Conflict Resolution
Indications that Northern Ireland is Changing

From the Paper:

"In other words, the social identity theory argues that, in any social situation where an intergroup distinction is significant, human beings will seek a positive social identity that will eventually result in "social competition" ( Hogg & Abrams, 1988; Tajfel & Turner, 1979, Duckitt, 1994). As a result, people groups will have the tendency to assume a competitive orientation when dealing with one another other (Duckitt, 1994). Such a competitive orientation leads people to vie for status or prestige although there is an absence of any actual conflict of interests. "

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