1st Edition

Social Conflict within and between Groups

Edited By Carsten K. W. De Dreu Copyright 2014
    202 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    202 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    202 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    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.

    1. Intergroup Conflict and Negotiating Settlement, Carsten K.W. De Dreu, Hillie Aaldering, and Ozum Saygi 2. How values change a conflict, Fieke Harinck and Naomi Ellemers 3. Humiliation in conflict – underlying processes and effects on human thought and behaviour, Kai J. Jonas, Marte Otten and Bertjan Doosje 4. Minority identity and host national identification among immigrants, Maykel Verkuyten and Borja Martinovic 5. Ethnic diversity and dimensions of in-group solidarity, overview of insights into empirical relationships in Europe, Maurice Gesthuizen, Michael Savelkoul, and Peer Scheepers 6. Escalation and de-escalation of intergroup conflict: The role of communication within and between groups Tom Postmes, Ernestine H. Gordijn, Martijn van Zomeren, Hedy Greijdanus, Bart de Vos, Susanne Täuber, and Elanor Kamans 7. Contagious conflict: Spill-over effects of labor conflict between and with-in organizations Agnes Akkerman, René Torenvlied, Alex Lehr, and Kirsten Thommes 8. Human-rights Promotion, the Media and Peacemaking in Africa Brian Burgoon, Andrea Ruggeri, and Ram Manikkalingam 9. New lines of conflict: European integration and immigration, Wouter van der Brug, Daphne van der Pas, Marc van de Wardt, Marijn van Klingeren, Claes de Vreese, Sarah de Lange, Catherine de Vries, Hajo Boomgaarden and Rens Vliegenthart 10. By-stander Conflict: Training Interventions for Teams in High-Stake Professions, Evangelia Demerouti, Kim J. P. M. van Erp, Josette M. P. Gevers, and Sonja Rispens


    Carsten K.W. De Dreu is Professor in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was President of the European Association for Social Psychology. His research is concerned with the neural and psychological underpinnings of human cooperation and conflict, decision making, and creativity and innovation.

    'The study of social conflict crosses disciplinary boundaries, levels of analysis, and the basic-applied research divide. Indeed, considerable progress has been made by social scientists in developing a broad perspective on conflict. Much of that progress is on display in this volume. It includes a multitude of insights, many counter-intuitive, about interventions tailored to types of conflict, functions and dysfunctions of conflict and its regulation, and the idea of conflict contagion. Implications of globalization, migration and multiculturalism for conflict escalation and de-escalation are developed as well. This book is a must-read for all those interested in understanding and solving a variety of social conflicts. And, that includes practically all of us!' - Daniel Druckman, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason Unversity, USA and Macquarie University, Australia

    ‘Social Conflict within and between Groups presents a unique integration of fundamental and applied research. The multidisciplinary and multilevel perspective on social conflict across different countries provides a fascinating, and much-needed review of classic and contemporary theory and research.’- Michèle Birtel, School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK