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Hope(lessness) and (in)action in intractable intergroup conflict

Cohen, S, van Zomeren, M and Halperin, E (2015) Hope(lessness) and (in)action in intractable intergroup conflict In: The Social Psychology of Intractable Conflicts. Peace Psychology Book Series, 27 (7). Springer International Publishing, pp. 89-101. ISBN 978-3-319-17860-8

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One of intractable conflict’s unique characteristics is the perception of irresolvability, which is closely associated with the development of hopelessness. Bar-Tal’s influential work has pointed to the lack of hope as becoming an inherent part of the conflict’s psychological infrastructure, which ultimately perpetuates intractable conflict by inducing indifference and inaction. Hope, on the other hand, has been suggested as an important emotion within conflict resolution processes. One behavioral manifestation of hope may be action to achieve social change, or in this context, to achieve peace. However, while both parties’ best interest may seem to lie in peace, collective action towards achieving it is not common in such situations because the conflict’s nature itself removes all hope and scope for such social change. In this chapter, we examine what makes collective action within the context of intractable conflicts unique, comparing and distinguishing it from more traditional forms of collective action. We utilize existing work to offer some hope that collective action within intractable conflicts may be achieved.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Cohen, S
van Zomeren, M
Halperin, E
Editors :
Christie, DJ
Halperin, E
Sharvit, K
Date : 2015
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-17861-5_7
Copyright Disclaimer : © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2016 13:21
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:54

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