Conflict and Cohesion

  title={Conflict and Cohesion},
  author={A. Stein},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={143 - 172}
  • A. Stein
  • Published 1 March 1976
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Conflict Resolution
The paper reviews the theoretical formulations and the empirical tests of the proposition that external conflict increases internal cohesion. Literature from sociology, anthropology, psychology, and political science is discussed. Though it is often assumed to be true and is easily illustrated, the empirical studies suggest that there are a number of intervening variables and that the hypothesis is not uniformly true. While hardly adequate, these empirical studies provide a subtler… 

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