Collective Political Violence: An Introduction to the Theories and Cases of Violent Conflicts

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Political Science - 333 pages
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Collective Political Violence is a concise, but thorough, interdisciplinary analysis of the many competing concepts, theories and explanations of political conflict, including revolutions, civil wars, genocide, and terrorism. To further his examination of each type of conflict, Earl Conteh-Morgan presents case studies, from the Rwandan genocide to the United States civil rights movement. Along the way, he illuminates new debates concerning terrorism, peacekeeping, and environmental security.
Written in a knowledgeable, yet accessible, manner, Collective Political Violence treats the issue of political violence with an impressively wide geographic range, and successfully straddles the ideological divide.
 

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Contents

Scope Assumptions and Approaches
1
Cold War Nation Building and PostCold War Conflicts
29
SocialStructural Theories and Violent Change
49
The Psychocultural Approach to Explaining Collective Political Violence
69
Collective Political Violence as Rational Choice
93
MacroStructural Theories of War
111
Competing Theoretical Approaches
137
Causes and Types
157
Interethnic or Identity Sources of Violent Conflicts
193
Types Causes and Activators
215
Environmental DegradationViolent Conflict Nexus
235
Internal and External Dimensions
253
New Scenarios in Violent Conflicts and Peacekeeping
277
Glossary of Terms and Concepts
295
Glossary of ConflictRelated Theorists
309
Index
329

The Marxist Explanation of Revolutionary Change
175

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Earl Conteh-Morgan is Professor of International Studies at the University of South Florida.

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