What is conflict?

  • (noun): A disagreement or argument about something important.
    Example: "The familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
    Synonyms: dispute, difference, difference of opinion
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on conflict:

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 ... 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 ...
Conflict Theory - Modern Approaches
... Wright Mills has been called the founder of modern conflict theory ... In Mills's view, social structures are created through conflict between people with differing interests and resources ... that the policies of the power elite would result in "increased escalation of conflict, production of weapons of mass destruction, and possibly the annihilation of the human race ...
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 ...
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 the Roman senate, predate the modern concept 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 Feminist ... World systems theory Race-Conflict Approach A point of view that focuses on inequality and conflict between people of different racial and ethnic categories ...

More definitions of "conflict":

  • (noun): Opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings.
    Example: "He was immobilized by conflict and indecision"
  • (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
  • (noun): An incompatibility of dates or events.
    Example: "He noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"
  • (verb): Be in conflict.
    Example: "The two proposals 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): A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war.
    Synonyms: battle, fight, engagement
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word conflict:

    He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
    Edmund Burke (1729–1797)

    If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle—absolute busyness—then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy—and without consciousness.
    Günther Grass (b. 1927)

    It is a life-and-death conflict between all those grand, universal, man-respecting principles which we call by the comprehensive term democracy, and all those partial, person-respecting, class-favoring elements which we group together under that silver-slippered word aristocracy. If this war does not mean that, it means nothing.
    Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825–1921)