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The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition by Peter T. Coleman, Eric C. Marcus, Morton Deutsch

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CHAPTER FORTY-ONE

SOCIAL NETWORKS, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND CONFLICT RESOLUTIONa

James D. Westaby

Nicholas Redding

Research on social networks has seen exponential growth in the social sciences since the turn of the twenty-first century (Knoke and Yang, 2007; Watts, 2004). The network approach also has considerable value for conflict scholars and practitioners because it provides a unique set of metaphors and tools that can help describe social conflicts. In this chapter, we first provide an overview of traditional social network analysis and then review a number of studies using social network concepts to understand conflict and the role of social media in conflict settings. We next demonstrate how new concepts in dynamic network theory may provide ...

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