Somatic elements in social conflict
Levine, Donald N. (2007). Somatic elements in social conflict. Sociological Review, 55 (1): 37-49.
Abstract: Although social conflict has obvious ties with physical combat, the
literature on social conflict ignores its corporeal substratum.
Reviewing that literature yields a paradigm of sources of conflict
comprising six major variables: hostility level, reactivity, rigidity,
moral righteousness, weak conflict-aversive values, and ineffective
dampening factors. Each of those variables has some representation in
the body. Realizing this enables us to ask what kinds of
conflict-relevant meanings emanate from processes within the human body
itself, and what supra-organismic variables imbue bodily conduct with
meanings that relate to conflict. That analysis in turn opens up a new
dimension of the general theory of action by way of amending
Parsons-Lidzes's concept of the behavioural system. The chapter
suggests calling this the actional organism–
the subsystem of action where the organism's input of energies and the
inputs from sources of meanings meet and interpenetrate.
Source: Wiley InterScience
(My publication)Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2009