Emergent Conflict and Peaceful Change

Miall’s subject is ‘emergent conflict’ i.e. conflict resulting from social change. The book tries to analyse why some changes lead to violence and others do not and seeks to find ways in which change can be managed peacefully. Emergent conflict is a dynamic process through which material and cultural division assumes the form of violent conflict as small changes ignite processes of polarisation, threat and escalation, and the struggle for power.

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