A sociologist and a psychologist unite to produce this interdisciplinary guide for people involved in personal and social conflicts. Theological interpretations are added at times to the sociological and psychological discussion. The approach from the two main disciplines tend to run parallel, however, rather than integrate into a single overall view of the subject. Both the title and the preface may lead the reader to suppose that he will find here concrete guidance and method for his management of conflict, whether at the personal or the social level. In this expectation he will be largely disappointed. There is a good deal of theory offered, supported often by lengthy quotations from authorities in each field, and there are lists of principles arranged, running to as many as fourteen items. There are also frequent hortatory and homiletical passages urging the importance of action. But there is little that will enable the reader to enact the instruction he may receive. The absence of much helpful literature in the field indicated by the title, however, should make this book a useful means of clarifying some basic concepts.