Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation: From Violent Conflict to Peaceful Co-Existence

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9780195300314: Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation: From Violent Conflict to Peaceful Co-Existence

The volume begins with an overview by Herbert Kelman discussing reconciliation as distinct from related processes of conflict settlement and conflict resolution. Following that, the first section of the volume focuses on intergroup reconciliation as consisting of moving beyond feelings of guilt and victimization (i.e., socio-emotional reconciliation). These processes include acceptance of responsibility for past wrongdoings and being forgiven in return. Such processes must occur on the background of restoring and maintaining feelings of esteem and respect for each of the parties. The chapters in the second section focus on processes through which parties learn to co-exist in a conflict free environment and trust each other (i.e., instrumental reconciliation). Such learning results from prolonged contact between adversarial groups under optimal conditions. Chapters in this section highlight the critical role of identity related processes (e.g., common identity) and power equality in this context. The contributions in the third part apply the social-psychological insights discussed previously to an analysis of real world programs to bring reconciliation (e.g., Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda, Israelis and Palestinians, and African societies plagued by the HIV epidemic and the Western aid donors). In a concluding chapter Morton Deutsch shares his insights on intergroup reconciliation that have accumulated in close to six decades of work on conflict and its resolution.

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Arie Nadler is a Professor of Psychology at Tel Aviv University. Thomas Malloy is a Professor of Psychology at Rhode Island College. Jeffrey Fisher is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut.


"...a comprehensive, updated, social psychological text delving into the issue of reconciliation among groups in the wake of conflict. The book is very effectively edited into four parts...It is well written and easy to read; it is both thorough and broad in perspective, and it brings forth the findings and theory of some of the leading minds in this field. It covers conceptual and theoretical as well as empirical and applied aspects of the focal issue and offers a comprehensive picture of what is known and what's left to be found in the forseeable future."--PsycCritiques

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