What is 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"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on conflict:

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 ...
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 ...
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, or that ... 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 ...
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 ...
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 ... 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 ...

More definitions of "conflict":

  • (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): 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): Opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings.
    Example: "He was immobilized by conflict and indecision"
  • (noun): An incompatibility of dates or events.
    Example: "He noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"

Famous quotes containing the word conflict:

    Managing a tantrum involves nothing less than the formation of character. Even the parent’s capacity to cope well with conflict can improve with this experience. When a parent knows he is right and does not give in for the sake of temporary peace, everybody wins. The parent learns that denying some pleasure does not create a neurotic child and the child learns that she can survive momentary frustration.
    Alicia F. Lieberman (20th century)

    Two principles, according to the Settembrinian cosmogony, were in perpetual conflict for possession of the world: force and justice, tyranny and freedom, superstition and knowledge; the law of permanence and the law of change, of ceaseless fermentation issuing in progress. One might call the first the Asiatic, the second the European principle.
    Thomas Mann (1875–1955)

    The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.
    Alfred Jarry (1873–1907)