Problem

Racial conflict

Nature:

An ethnic conflict is a conflict between two or more contending ethnic groups. While the source of the conflict may be political, social, economic or religious, the individuals in conflict must expressly fight for their ethnic group's position within society. This final criterion differentiates ethnic conflict from other forms of struggle.

Academic explanations of ethnic conflict generally fall into one of three schools of thought: primordialist, instrumentalist or constructivist. Recently, several political scientists have argued for either top-down or bottom-up explanations for ethnic conflict. Intellectual debate has also focused on whether ethnic conflict has become more prevalent since the end of the Cold War, and on devising ways of managing conflicts, through instruments such as consociationalism and federalisation.

Broader Problems:
Racism
Ethnic conflict
Narrower Problems:
Racial segregation
Aggravates:
Genocide
Values:
Conflict
Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
11.04.2019 – 11:52 CEST