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Communication, Coercion, and Prevention of Deadly Conflict

Title: Communication, Coercion, and Prevention of Deadly Conflict.
Name(s): Fetissenko, Maxim B., author
Young, Marilyn, professor directing dissertation
Morales, Maria, outside committee member
McDowell, Stephen, committee member
Rayburn, Jay, committee member
School of Communication, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This dissertation examines coercion in its relationship to persuasion and conflict resolution and prevention. Building on the analysis of coercion by Alan Wertheimer, this dissertation offers a new conceptualization of coercion as a communication phenomenon and examines how existing conceptualizations of coercion may be shaping both the discourse on international conflict and practical approaches to its resolution. It also offers a discussion of several key implications of the revised conceptualization of coercion for the theory and practice of conflict resolution and prevention and outlines second-order changes necessary for the creation of a workable conflict prevention protocol capable of averting deadly conflict. The theory of conflict provention by John Burton serves as a starting point for the analysis of the theory and practice of conflict resolution and prevention. The author argues that coercion is a bona fide mode of communication, closely related to persuasion. Contrary to the assumption underlying other analyses, coercion is not a single conceptual entity. Rather, the term has at least two distinct meanings, coded in the dissertation as moralized and sociological. The chief factor that defines coercion within the framework of sociological discourse is the source of punishment threatened by the sender. Within the framework of moralized (ordinary language) discourse, the key factor that separates coercion from other modes of influence is the legitimacy of the threat. Freedom of choice and rationality do not separate persuasion from coercion. Building on the analysis of coercion in part 2 of the dissertation, part 3 offers an examination of the current state of the theory and practice of conflict resolution and prevention through the lens of Applied Behavioral Analysis and Performance Management. The author challenges several dominant assumptions about conflict, such as the assumption that negotiation, mediation, or problem solving are always the best means of resolving deadly conflicts. He concludes that the exclusion of legitimate coercion from the arsenal of conflict resolution and prevention is at the root of the systemic failure to end deadly conflict.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4469 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: November 1, 2004.
Keywords: Conflict Resolution, Conflict Prevention, Conflict, Communication, Persuasion, Coercion
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Marilyn Young, Professor Directing Dissertation; Maria Morales, Outside Committee Member; Stephen McDowell, Committee Member; Jay Rayburn, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
Communication -- Social aspects
Communication in politics
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