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Reconciliation as Identity Change: A Social-Psychological Perspective

Herbert C. Kelman

in From Conflict Resolution to Reconciliation

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166439
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849796 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166439.003.0006
Reconciliation as Identity Change: A Social-Psychological Perspective

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This chapter looks at reconciliation from the perspective of an emerging process of resolving conflict that involves particular cases such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, conflicts of identity, and other such conflicts that involve incomplete, fragile, or poorly established peace agreements. The nature of reconciliation depends on the stage in which the conflict has already developed to, and it is important that the differences in nature should be taken into account via a comprehensive reconciliation theory. This chapter asserts that reconciliation in a realist view of a nation's interest, is a consequence of a successful attempt of resolving conflict. Also, the chapter introduces a conceptual model that involves conflict settlement, conflict resolution, and reconciliation.

Keywords: resolving conflicts; incomplete peace agreements; reconciliation theory; realist view; conflict settlement; conflict resolution

Chapter.  5849 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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