Ethical Theories and Conflict Resolution

Ethics, which has its history from the Greek word ethika, has to do with norms, custom and behaviour of humans if they are to function in an organized and well-ordered society devoid of conflicts. Let us examine some key ethical theories and how those theories attempt to resolve conflicts amongst humans. Utilitarianism The proponent of … Read more

Some Ethical Dimensions of Conflict Resolution

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Introduction Conflict may be defined as the lack of harmonious existence between two or more individuals, two or more ethnic groups, nation, states, etc. This is the cessation of peace where it had previously existed. Key factors for the cessation of peace (which brings about conflicts) are: injustice or perceived sense of injustice, unfair distribution … Read more

Electoral Violence in Nigeria

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In the political arena, election violence has remained a major feature of Nigeria’s political landscape, and a review of this problem, suggests a number of reasons: poverty, a culture of impunity by political officeholders, corruption, weak penalties for political offenders, a lack of effective governance, and small arms proliferation, amongst others. All these have the … Read more

Conflict Issues: The Nigerian Experience

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Nigeria is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse African countries, with an estimated population figure (as at October, 31st 2011), of over 160 million consisting of many distinct ethno-linguistic groups and split almost evenly between Muslims and Christians. These groups constitute a complex interaction of social, political and economic diversity that make up … Read more

The Theory of Conflict

Conflict theories are perspectives in social science which emphasize the social, political or material inequality of a social group, which critique the broad socio-political system, or which otherwise detract from structural functionalism and ideological conservatism. Conflict theories draw attention to power differentials, such as class conflict, and generally contrast historically dominant ideologies. Certain conflict theories … Read more

Understanding the Concept of Conflict

What is Conflict? Conflict, simplistically, could mean different things but with central themes like: to fight, battle, contend; to be antagonistic, incompatible or contradictory; be in opposition, clash, sharp disagreement or opposition as of interests, ideas, etc. It may mean an emotional disturbance resulting from a clash of opposing impulses. The Oxford Advanced Learners dictionary … Read more