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Patterns of conflict resolution: an historical-structural approach to explaining settlement

ABSTRACT: This article argues for an historical and structural approach to explaining settlement. It argues that how institutions function and how actors pursue their ends is in part determined by slow-moving structural relationships whose logic and trajectory and effects can best be seen historically. Popular “ethnic” expectations are derived not just from interaction with other social groups but also from experience of these structures of power and their movement over time. Introducing these factors into analysis can complement more conventional analyses of actors, negotiators, and institutions. The article outlines some conclusions that can be drawn from the case-studies and their implications for the historical structural approach.

Key words: settlement, structure, history, ethnicity, conflict, actor and structure.

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