(Post)modern social conflicts: looking for the concept
Keywords:social conflict, theory of conflict, conflictology, semantics of conflict, semantic war, war of notions, war of meanings
The article opens a set of publications aiming to discover the essence of contemporary social conflicts which “migrate” from material plane to informational (symbolic, semantic etc.) plane, and to find out relevant methods of research and regulation of such conflicts. We assume, that the semantic space or dimension of social conflict must be the main subject of postmodern theories of conflict. Thus, we have to raise the question about the suitability of existing concepts and methodologies for such analysis. To get an answer, we review methodological changes which are taking place in humanities and social sciences since the last third of the twentieth century within a set of paradigmal «turns». This excursion lets us to make a conclusion that the process of renewal of theoretical and methodological approaches in the conflict studies goes on much slower than similar changes in neighboring research areas. To fill this methodological gap, modern researches of social conflicts should pay more attention to linguistic, semiotic, hermeneutic and other methodological approaches which can provide a basis for postnonclassical methodology of social conflicts research. It lets us to consider that social conflict arises in unusual perspectives: as a sign system, discourse, event, space, game, carnival, ritual, collision of possible worlds etc. Ukraine, which is currently going through a unique experience of such new kind of war, which can be described as “notional” or “semantic”, may become one of the flagships in the creation of such methodology.
Barthes, R. (2001). S/Z. [In Russian]. Moscow, Editorial URSS. [= Барт, 2001].
Danylenko, O. Y. (2007). The language of conflict in a transforming society: from construction of the history to formation of social and cultural identities. [In Russian]. Vilnius, European
Humanities University. [= Даниленко, 2007].
Demaria, C. (2015–2016). Semiotics of Conflict: Course Program. University of Bologna. [= Demaria, 2015–2016].
Edelman, M. (1990). Politik als Ritual. [In German]. Frankfurt am Main; New York. [= Edelman, 1990].
Ericson, R. E., Zeager, L. A. (2015). Ukraine Crisis 2014: A Study of Russian-Western Strategic Interaction. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, 2, 21, 153–190. [= Ericson, Zeager, 2015]. https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2015-0006
Fournier, M. (2010). Le retour de l’événement. Le revue pour le livre “Renaissance de l’événement. Un défi pour l’historien: entre sphinx et phénix”. François Dosse, Puf, 2010, 352 p. [In French]. Sciences Humaines. Retrieved from: http://www.scienceshumaines. com/leretour-de-l-evenement_fr_26083. [= Fournier, 2010].
Ishmuratov, A. T. (1996). Conflict and agreement: the basics of cognitive theory of conflict. [In Ukrainian]. Kyiv. [= Ішмуратов, 1996].
Kabylinskii, B. V. (2015). Cultural and philosophical foundations of epistemology of the conflict. [In Russian]. Saint Petersburg. [= Кабылинский, 2015].
Khaliman, M. A. (2015). Worldview confrontation: attributes and forms. [In Ukrainian]. Gileya, 98, 261–265. [= Халіман, 2015].
Podoroga, V. A. (2010). Event. [In Russian]. New Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Internet version. Moscow, Thought. [= Подорога, 2010].
Proleev, S. (2014). The phenomenon of the Maidan: descriptive vocabulary. [In Ukrainian]. Philosophical Thought, 6, 21–26. [= Пролеєв, 2014].
Ritzer, G. (2002). Modern sociological theory. [In Russian]. Saint Petersburg, Piter. [= Ритцер, 2002].
Trach, N. (2015). “Together - the power”: The rhetoric of Ukrainian resistance. [In Ukrainian]. Kyiv, Clio. [= Трач, 2015].
Zhabotynska, S. A. (2015). Language as weapon in the war of worldviews. Maidan — Antimaidan: A thesaurus of lexical innovations (Online edition). [In Russian]. Kyiv, UACLiP. [=Жаботинская, 2015].
Zolian, S. (1996). The problem and the conflict: modal-semantic analysis. [In Russian]. Polis, 4,
–105. [= Золян, 1996].
How to Cite
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).