Cycles of Conflict

Sociological Theory 32 (2):100-127 (2014)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In a new theory of conflict escalation, Randall Collins (2012) engages critical issues of violent conflict and presents a compellingly plausible theoretical description based on his extensive empirical research. He also sets a new challenge for sociology: explaining the time dynamics of social interaction. However, despite heavy reliance on the quantitative concept of positive feedback loops in his theory, Collins presents no mathematical specification of the dynamic relationships among his variables. This article seeks to fill that gap by offering a computational model that can parsimoniously account for many features of Collins’s theory. My model uses perceptual control theory (PCT) to create an agent-based computational model of the time dynamics of conflict. With greater conceptual clarity and more wide-ranging generalizability, my alternative model opens the door to further advances in theory development by revealing dynamic aspects of conflict escalation not found in Collins’s model.
Categories
(categorize this paper)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
MCCCOC-3
Upload history
Archival date: 2014-06-25
View other versions
Added to PP index
2014-06-19

Total views
322 ( #14,833 of 52,866 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
50 ( #12,042 of 52,866 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.