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Benefits_of_Conflict

Benefits_of_Conflict - then Conflict may • eliminate...

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Types of conflict Types of conflict Internal conflicts = the cause of conflict comes from inside the group internal factors External conflicts = the cause of conflict comes from outside the group external factors
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The benefits of conflict – according to Lewis The benefits of conflict – according to Lewis Coser (1) Coser (1) INTERNAL conflicts INTERNAL conflicts Assumption: When disagreements do NOT contradict the fundamental assumptions or beliefs upon which the group has been founded , then Conflict: allows to reassess, re-evaluate values, goals, etc. within a group allows to re-examine and adjust power relations (hierarchy of power and influence) within a group
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The benefits of conflict – according to Lewis The benefits of conflict – according to Lewis Coser (2) Coser (2) EXTERNAL conflicts EXTERNAL conflicts Assumption: When a group is (1) loosely structured and (2) is coping with multiple conflicts, so personalities of individuals are not involved totally in any single one of them
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Unformatted text preview: , then Conflict may : • eliminate sources of dissatisfaction by allowing expressions of rival claims • revitalize existent norms or contribute to the emergence of new norms • create a new balance of power within a group (more conducive to new tasks) • create new coalitions and associations between individuals and groups • strengthen the (ideological) boundaries between a group and its environment (other groups) Conclusion Conclusion (1 and 2): Conflict = mechanism of correction and adjustment to new circumstances Safety valve = a mechanism of channeling discontent, conflict, hostility without changing relations within a group or undermining foundations (values, goals, etc.) on which the group has been created “ “ Safety valve” Safety valve” Example: • members of a group are allowed to voice their discontent, aggressive tendencies, or release tension (etc.) without altering the status quo...
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