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‘Traitors, Snitches, Collaborators’: Analysing In-Group Criticism Towards Peace Organisations in Intractable Conflict
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Identity serves two functions: it orders our environment, and it gives us a sense of certainty. The role played by identity in the intractability of conflict has recently sparked a new line of research. Drawing on insights from social psychological research, I argue that intractable conflict circumstances bolster social identities and create rigid group norms, which affect the vulnerability of peace movement organizations that operate in this context. I hypothesize that peace organizations that disregard prominent group beliefs regarding the conflict, are more likely to be severely criticized at the collective level. For the empirical analysis, I turn to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a typical case of on-going intractable conflict. I compare the results of a qualitative content analysis of expressions of in-group criticism towards local Israeli peace organisations in local media reporting, within the framework of group beliefs (2005-2018). The results indicate an overall trend of in-group criticism towards peace organisations in Israel, based on which suggestions for advances to the theory are made.

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2019. , p. 75
Keywords [en]
social identity, peace organizations, intractable conflict
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385722OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385722DiVA, id: diva2:1325532
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Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-16 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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