Restorying Self and Other: An American Experiment

Phillip L. Hammack

in Narrative and the Politics of Identity

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394467
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863488 | DOI:
Restorying Self and Other: An American Experiment

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This chapter addresses the second overarching research question on the cultural psychology of Israeli and Palestinian youth: What role does intergroup contact appear to assume in the development of a personal narrative? In other words, does it seem to strengthen or weaken the likelihood of master narrative reproduction? Does such an unusual form of social practice create new possibilities for narrative understanding between young Israelis and Palestinians, or does it rather simply reproduce the narrative stalemate of the conflict, as many other peace education efforts appear to do? he chapter examines the narratives of youth according to a basic taxonomy that conforms to social psychological theories of intergroup contact, as well as the aims of both contact programs. Identity transcendence is characterized by a reduction in the salience of in-group identity and the assumption of a common in-group identity that is inclusive of the outgroup.

Keywords: identity transcendence; cultural psychology; Israeli youth; Palestinian youth; master narrative production; intergroup contact; identity

Chapter.  24878 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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