ERIC Number: ED106005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
A Theory of Dominant-Ethnic Group Conflict.
Silberstein, Fred B.; Jordan, Leonard H., Jr.
Dominant-ethnic group conflict can be treated as either an independent or dependent variable. In this paper, dominant-ethnic conflict is discussed as the dependent variable. The paper's objectives are to: (1) present a preliminary sociological realistic theory of dominant-ethnic conflict; (2) compare and contrast the theory in terms of 2 types of models (a "static model" and processual system); (3) illustrate by the processual system the theoretical advantages of considering "feedback loops"; and (4) discuss the methodological distinctions in terms of a classification of different types of relations and linkages. The type of conflict discussed is one which is infrequent, intense, and violent. The theory holds that conflict between an ethnic and a dominant group is a function of 13 independent variables. Among these 13 variables are the competive threat, large power differences, loss of powerful friends (by dominants), gain of powerful enemies (by dominants), ethnocentrism, degree of segregation, and goal contradictions. In the "static model", all the independent variables simultaneously influence the dependent variable. In the processual system, each and every variable has both independent and dependent functions. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Southwestern Sociological Association Meetings, San Antonio, Texas, March 26-29, 1975