Integration and Disintegration: An Approach to Society-Formation

  • Joel S. Migdal


Internal wars and other forms of instability have taken millions of lives in ‘Third World’ countries since the Second World War. The Cold War fuelled many of these conflicts, but the end of that prolonged stand-off did not bring a respite from continuing tension, even outright slaughter, in numerous internal disputes in Africa and Asia. And new political and communal violence has since flared in hot spots throughout the former communist countries. How can we understand domestic conflict in a broad comparative framework? While every set of tensions holds its own distinctive grudges and sparks, a state-society approach helps us discern some of the key obstacles in establishing an accepted set of rules for peaceful resolution of disputes within a country.


Social Control Social Force Comparative International Development Communal Violence State Leader 
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