Release:2017, Vol. 1. №1
About the author:Victor V. Nagaytsev, Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Empirical Sociology and Conflictology, Altai State University (Barnaul, Russian Federation); firstname.lastname@example.org
The article analyses people’s approach to conflict in the Altai Krai, one of the major regions of Siberia, and argues for the need for regional conflict management. The author presents data from empirical research conducted in the Altai Krai in 2016 within the project The Rating of Social Tension in Russian Regions during which 1,902 respondents were interviewed at their places of residence. The survey showed a high degree of civic illiteracy in the field of conflict resolution: the majority of the respondents were insufficiently informed about the methods of conflict resolution, and did not believe in the possibility of constructive conflict management. None of the respondents applied to the regional centres of mediation and conflict counselling, though about half of them reported feeling anger and hostility towards other people. One in five respondents was often confronted with conflicts and aggression outdoors and in public places. In addition, nine out of ten respondents were not able to identify the role and significance of the conflict in the society.
The article reassesses K. Thomas and R. Kilmeny’s well-known classification of behavioural strategies in conflict from the standpoint of the modern conflict theory, and addresses the basic problems of modern conflict resolution studies in the context of the social conflicts concerning people of the region. The author carried out sociological analysis of conflict phobia in Russian society and investigates its main reasons, as well as solutions to the problem. The author formulates topical problems that must be addressed for the effective resolution of social conflicts in modern Russian society, including conflicts at the regional level.
The paper urges the development of methods for the management of regional society using controlled conflict.