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Between Conflict and Reconciliation: Toward a Theory of Peaceful Coexistence

Stephen Worchel and Dawna K. Coutant

in The Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195300314
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868698 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300314.003.0019
 							Between Conflict and Reconciliation: Toward a Theory of Peaceful Coexistence

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This chapter explores the factors that cause and nurture intractable conflict between enduring groups, examines the implications of a focus on peaceful coexistence, and relates this perspective to theories of conflict resolution and reconciliation. The ultimate aim is to address the question about why ethnic and cultural conflict is so prevalent and persistent and suggest approaches to improve intergroup relations. To support its position, the chapter draws on observations and research on peace programs involving ethnic groups consumed by intractable conflict, groups involving immigrants and hosts, and ethnic groups living on the island of Hawaii.

Keywords: intergroup relations; intergroup conflict; reconciliation; ethnic conflict; cultural conflict; Hawaii; peaceful coexistence

Chapter.  9389 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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