Observatory of Social Conflict
On Social Conflict
"Conflict" implies disagreement and antagonism between two or a few individuals. But if this disagreement is persistent and occurs not just between a few individuals but among many of them and among social groups, and if we can also speak of zero sum situations (what an actor gets, another one won´t receive), then we are talking about social conflict. Many and widely varied definitions of social conflict can be found in social theory. Our approach to the subject is both structural and relational. We believe that the substantive part of the conflict that takes place within a human community has structural origins: it is directly and indirectly related to the form of social organization of that community (feudalism, liberalism, capitalist liberalism, neoliberal capitalism, totalitarian capitalism, bureaucratic collectivism and so on...). And, in parallel, daily conflictual interactions between individuals and groups alter the conditions of the general structural determinations and give rise, once and again, to new and changing configurations of conflict.