What is conflict?

  • (noun): An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals).
    Example: "The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine
    Synonyms: struggle, battle
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on conflict, conflicts:

Conflict Theory - Modern Approaches
... Wright Mills has been called the founder of modern conflict theory ... view, social structures are created through conflict between people with differing interests and resources ... a non-profit organization devoted to studies and promotion of the use of nonviolent action in conflicts worldwide ...
Fourth Generation Warfare
... Fourth generation warfare (4GW) is conflict characterized by a blurring of the lines between war and politics, soldier and civilian ... on combat forces, returning to modes of conflict common in pre-modern times ... of warfare and are examples of this type of conflict ...
Types of Conflict Theory
... Conflict theory is most commonly associated with Marxism, but as a reaction to functionalism and the positivist method may also be associated with number of other perspectives, including Critical theory ... World systems theory Race-Conflict Approach A point of view that focuses on inequality and conflict between people of different racial and ethnic categories ...
Polish Workers' Party - Conflict
... There was conflict within the communist movement over the methods needed to implement power ... It was a difference of opinion between the Polish émigrés trained in the Soviet Union represented by Bolesław Bierut strictly following Stalin's policy, and the Polish Communists such as Gomułka ...
Conflict Theory
... Conflict theories are perspectives in social science that emphasize the social, political, or material inequality of a social group, that critique the broad socio-political system ... Conflict theories draw attention to power differentials, such as class conflict, and generally contrast historically dominant ideologies ... Karl Marx is the father of the social conflict theory, which is a component of the 4 paradigms of sociology ...

More definitions of "conflict":

  • (noun): A state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests.
    Example: "His conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"
  • (noun): An incompatibility of dates or events.
    Example: "He noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"
  • (noun): A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war.
    Synonyms: battle, fight, engagement
  • (verb): Be in conflict.
    Example: "The two proposals conflict!"
  • (noun): Opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot).
    Example: "This form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing"
  • (noun): Opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings.
    Example: "He was immobilized by conflict and indecision"

Famous quotes containing the word conflict:

    The white man regards the universe as a gigantic machine hurtling through time and space to its final destruction: individuals in it are but tiny organisms with private lives that lead to private deaths: personal power, success and fame are the absolute measures of values, the things to live for. This outlook on life divides the universe into a host of individual little entities which cannot help being in constant conflict thereby hastening the approach of the hour of their final destruction.
    Policy statement, 1944, of the Youth League of the African National Congress. pt. 2, ch. 4, Fatima Meer, Higher than Hope (1988)

    Children in home-school conflict situations often receive a double message from their parents: “The school is the hope for your future, listen, be good and learn” and “the school is your enemy. . . .” Children who receive the “school is the enemy” message often go after the enemy—act up, undermine the teacher, undermine the school program, or otherwise exercise their veto power.
    James P. Comer (20th century)

    Another danger is imminent: A contested result. And we have no such means for its decision as ought to be provided by law. This must be attended to hereafter.... If a contest comes now it may lead to a conflict of arms. I can only try to do my duty to my countrymen in that case. I shall let no personal ambition turn me from the path of duty. Bloodshed and civil war must be averted if possible. If forced to fight, I have no fears from lack of courage or firmness.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)