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Intergroup Reconciliation: Definitions, Processes, and Future Directions

Arie Nadler

in The Oxford Handbook of Intergroup Conflict

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199747672
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199747672.013.0017

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Intergroup Reconciliation: Definitions, Processes, and Future Directions

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The chapter begins by considering the concept of reconciliation in scientific study in general, and research on intergroup relations in particular. On the basis of this review it proposes a distinction between structural, relational and identity-related aspects of intergroup reconciliation and suggests that these aspects are hierarchically organized. It continues to focus on relational and identity-related aspects of intergroup reconciliation by discussing the distinction between processes of instrumental and socio-emotional reconciliation. It continues to analyze the psychological dynamics in identity-related reconciliation and describes the need based model of reconciliation and relevant empirical support. Subsequent sections consider the effects of ‘truth-telling’ in the post-conflict era on societal and individual healing. A final chapter focuses on the distinction between false and genuine reconciliation and reviews scholarly work that emphasizes the place of victim resentment in genuine intergroup reconciliation.

Keywords: Definition of reconciliation; instrumental reconciliation; socio-emotional reconciliation; need based model of reconciliation; genuine vs. false reconciliation; resentment

Article.  13267 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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