Reflection session 1 Conflict group B

During this 30 minutes introductory session, we first shared our major and discovered that we were all from a different one: Literature, Geography, Classics and Politics. George suggested us to share to each other what we did for our essay in this module. Our essay topics covered very different topics as well going from animals in ancient Rome spectacles to LGBT rights.

We then tried to find a common ground for our project: we all agreed that it was preferable to cover a modern problematic rather than something too ancient. I believe that the theme of conflict offers us a quite broad choice as it is not too abstract and as conflict can be found everywhere. It also permits to link our majors considering that the notion of conflict is found in Geography, Literature, Classics and Politics.

Please find below a briefing note of my TAD essay:

My TAD essay focused on the overlooked conflict between the people living in large city centers and the people living in the “periphery” (small towns+countryside) in Western Europe. This conflict has an economic dimension: the people of the large city centers tend to “monopolize” the wealth since the tertiarisation and the deindustrialisation of the Western economies. This creates tensions and tends to make the peripheric people feel “abandoned” as most of the investments are now concentrated in big cities. The tensions are also ideological: the people of the periphery tend to be much more conservative than the urban elites who tend to misunderstand those conservative values. This create a huge split on questions such as immigration and gay marriage. This essay also found that the conflict is becoming more and more visible since the rise of “populism” can be analyzed as an uprising from the periphery against the liberal city centers.

This essay can lead to reflection on several questions such as:

  • The peripheric working class vs the urbanized elites
  • Conservatism vs liberalism on society questions
  • The economic redistribution: does the redistribution disadvantages the periphery?
  • How can a conflict intensify?