Department of Conflict Resolution Studies Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

First Advisor

Cheryl L. Duckworth

Second Advisor

Alexia Georgakopoulos

Third Advisor

Elena Bastidas


conflict theory, culture, dimensionalities of social interaction, gender, power, social economics, social research, social structure, sociology


This study was directed at understanding the sociology of the economic conflict better known as the Great Recession as interpreted through the lens of theoretical perspectives consistent with conflict resolution and elucidated the role traditionally important social variables, such as gender, power and identity, played in pioneering the fertile breeding grounds from which the 2007-2009 global financial crisis would eventually emerge. In progressing through the meta-ethnographic approach to qualitative meta-analysis developed by Noblit and Hare (1988), qualitative analysis software was implemented to elicit the formal procurement of prospective thematic concepts grounded in the findings of nominated original studies so to facilitate the systematic conceptual development of key themes and subthemes that would most likely constitute something fresh to an already robust body of knowledge. Ultimately, through an interpretive thematic analysis informed by collaborative components analogous with conflict resolution theory like a theory of structural violence, the genealogy of power and impression management, the study will illustrate the high degree of interrelatedness between dimensions of economic conflict, significant social dynamics, and principles of conflict resolution. Rarely viewed from an empirical social or cultural rooted perspective that extends beyond the confined fundamentals afforded by traditional economics or finance, the findings of this study thus encourages an open interdisciplinary dialogue with positivistic oriented disciplines which frequently omit sociological considerations from their theoretical and analytic approaches to resolving today’s societal conflicts.