Sources of Violent Conflict and the Banality of Conflict Resolution

  • Ian S. SpearsEmail author


In this chapter four representative literatures on the sources of conflict are surveyed: (1) ethnic, (2) environmental, (3) economic, and (4) religious. In each case, I provide brief descriptions of how a given source is said to contribute to violent conflict and then sample both the Believer and Skeptic approaches to conflict resolution within that literature. The chapter argues that much of this literature is banal; it introduces purportedly new sources of conflict but continues to reproduce the same approaches to resolution that have always been advocated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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