A Theory of Conflict
Overcoming Direct Violence
In conflict theory there is a mainstream Narrative I:
• Problem: there are evil forces out there waiting for their time
• When time comes their evil is articulated as violence
• Remedy: be strong enough to deter evil and crush it if needed
• If strong enough there is a gift: security.
This book challenges that, and argues an alternative Narrative II:
• Problem: there is a difficult unresolved conflict out there
• The conflict leads to frustration leading to aggression-violence
• Remedy: conflict resolution with empathy-nonviolence-creativity
• If acceptable-sustainable-equitable enough there is a gift: peace.
Johan Galtung, born 1930 in Oslo, Norway, lives in Spain, France,
Japan and the USA, mainly engaged in mediation and research.
He has so far published about 150 books and over 1500 articles on
peace and related issues. 40 of his books have been translated into
33 languages, for a total of 134 book translation. He founded
TRANSCEND: A Peace Development Environment Network in
1993 and was founding rector of Transcend Peace University
2003-2007 and again from 2011
(see www.transcend.org and www.transcend.org/tpu).
Publications from TRANSCEND University Press:
No. 1 Johan Galtung, 50 Years: 100 Peace & Conflict Perspectives
No. 2 Johan Galtung and Paul D. Scott, Democracy - Peace - Development
No. 3 Johan Galtung, 50 Years: 25 Intellectual Landscapes Explored
No. 4 Johan Galtung and Graeme MacQueen, Globalizing God
No. 5 Johan Galtung, The Fall of the US Empire - And Then What?
No. 6 Jack Santa Barbara, Fred Dubee, Johan Galtung, Peace Business
No. 7 Johan Galtung, A Theory of Conflict
No. 8 Johan Galtung, A Theory of Development
No. 9 Johan Galtung, A Theory of Civilization
No. 10 Johan Galtung, A Theory of Peace