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Network Theory and Violent Conflicts

Studies in Afghanistan and Lebanon

Authors: Kramer, Christian R.

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  • Creates original connections among questions of networks and complexity theory, the role of violence in society, and explaining why wars end
  • Presents incisive case studies applying network theory to the Lebanese Civil War and the ongoing war in Afghanistan
  • Examines how networking principles can be used to forge a durable and resilient peace in societies that have been in conflict for some time
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This book offers a novel approach to understanding violence and violent conflict using complexity and network theories, borrowed from the natural sciences, together with social network analysis. Because violence is both a universal and central component of human communication and identity formation, it has a fundamental function in shaping social behavior. Using Manuel Castells’ work on the programming of social networks, this book explores the Lebanese Civil War and the ongoing war in Afghanistan under the perspective of violence within networks. The approach presents a unique and compelling argument that counters the long-held assumption that war is caused by specific events, or is the unavoidable culmination of existing conditions or grievances. Rather, this book argues that violence emerges when the structure of social networks becomes too rigid and hierarchic to adapt to stresses and challenges that materialize on a constant basis from both within and without the network. This is important not only for the study of war, but as a method of improving the success of contemporary peace building efforts.

About the authors

Christian Kramer is an academic, researcher, and consultant, who has spent the past 15 years studying, working, and teaching in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. He obtained his PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, UK. His research interests focus on conflict studies and peace building, complexity and networks, and risk management. Christian is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-41392-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-82343-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Network Theory and Violent Conflicts
Book Subtitle
Studies in Afghanistan and Lebanon
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41393-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41393-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41392-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82343-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 230
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