GOVT-468 Deeply Divided Societies: the politics of communal conflict
Spring for 2013-2014
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This Department Seminar is an intensive review of research addressing the causes, management, and resolution of communal conflict. These conflicts - often described as intractable - typically posit two or more social groups challenging the legitimacy of each other's claims to rights and resources. These communities may be defined by a range of identity markers, including language, culture, ethnicity, and religion. The first half of the seminar examines theories explaining the dynamics of ethno-national politics, including the constructivist (sociological, economic), the primordial (biological, historic), and the instrumental (elite manipulation, rational choice). The second half of the seminar examines state responses to communal conflict, including, but not limited to, the following: genocide, ethnic expulsion, forced assimilation, integration, partition, secession, multiculturalism and consociation.
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