Synopses & Reviews
This book presents the conception of a system of social identities, including the system's structure, development and dynamics, and explores the influence of cultural dimensions and identity salience on attitudes, behavior, and the structures of consciousness. The "Four C" model of identity-based conflicts provides fresh opportunities for analyses of the role of identity in conflicts and violence. Karina V. Korostelina introduces a model of dealing with identity conflicts that includes early warning, identity based training, management of multicultural communities, identity reconstruction workshops, and negotiation of identity. Every theoretical chapter in the book is followed by examples of research and methodological tools for analyzing data on social identities and identity based conflicts.
"This book is a broad, interdisciplinary synthesis that addresses the question of identity as a cultural and psychological concept. Korostelina is a creative and perceptive--as well as systematic--analyst of identity and ethnic, national, and international conflict. Her work is cutting edge for this topic so crucial in the post-cold war."--James Peacock, Co-Director, Rotary Peace and Conflict Center, Duke-UNC
"Korostelina's Social Identity and Conflict is unique in several ways. First, it is a virtual encyclopedia of the literature on large group identity, with original contributions of her own. Also, it applies conflict analysis theory and provides concrete examples of Korostelina's successful conflict resolution work with adversarial ethnic groups. I especially appreciate the way the author respectfully and effectively employs psycho-dynamic insights, a rare gift among social scientists."--Joseph V. Montville, Chair, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University
"Most of our wars today are identity wars in which ethnicity, religion, or cultural identity have become the markers for difference and violence. Korostelina's book is a significant and opportune work for those of us who want to understand why group and individual identity can become such a strong motivator in conflict situations, and who also need to comprehend the policy and practice implications of identity salience--and its possible transformation--in conflicted societies."
--Mari Fitzduff, Professor of Politics, Director of the Master's Program in Intercommunal Coexistence, Brandeis University
About the Author
Karina Korostelina is Research Professor at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.
Table of Contents
Introduction * PART I: UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL IDENTITY
* Social Identity as Social Phenomenon and Scientific Concept * PART II: SOCIAL IDENTITY AS A SYSTEM
* Social Identity in the System of Identity * Social Identity as a System * Components of the System of Social Identity * Dynamics of the System of Social Identities * SOCIAL IDENTITY AND CONFLICT
* The Factors that Influence Conflict Dynamics * The Dynamics of Identity Conflict * Formation of National Identity and Conflict Intentions of Minorities * Identity and Conflict: Implications for Identity Conflict Management