Intergroup competition and conflict create pervasive problems in human society, giving rise to such phenomena as prejudice, terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and interstate war. Citizens, policy makers, social workers, schoolteachers, and politicians wrestle with these problems, and with difficult questions these issues pose:

  • What causes conflict to escalate?
  • How should we manage conflict within communities, and also in society at large?
  • Is conflict always bad, or does it have other more beneficial consequences?

Social Conflict within and between Groups provides an overview of contemporary research from the social sciences on these questions. It brings together the research output of a number of leading researchers in psychology, management and economics, sociology and political science, and draws on the outcomes of ten prominent research programs conducted over the past five years. The chapters cover a range of fascinating topics, including prejudice and discrimination in multi-ethnic societies, and conflict and negotiation in the field of industrial relations. The authors also consider the possibilities for intervention at the interpersonal, intergroup and societal level.

This is the first volume to provide an interdisciplinary overview of the various scientific approaches to studying the origins and consequences of social conflict. It will be of great interest to researchers, graduates and upper-level undergraduate students from across the social and behavioural sciences.

chapter 3|18 pages

Humiliation in conflict

Underlying processes and effects on human thought and behavior

chapter 5|18 pages

Ethnic diversity and dimensions of in-group solidarity

Overview of insights into empirical relationships in Europe

chapter 7|14 pages

Contagious conflict

Spill-over effects of labor conflict between and within organizations

chapter 10|17 pages

Bystander conflict

Training interventions for teams in high-stake professions