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Ethnic Group Conflict
A disucssion of ethnic group conflict, with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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The paper discusses how in the case of ethnic conflict, groups are compelled to confirm to values and norms contrary to their beliefs. The paper then explains the relationship between social perceptions and social cognitions and how social perception is required to resolve conflict in an ethnic group conflict. The paper focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and argues that the concepts of authority must be employed by both groups to a certain extent, forms of social control must be implemented and the relationship between social perception and social cognition must be enhanced if there is to be an empathetic understanding by both sides of the conflict of the other side's culture.

Concepts of Conformity
Relevant Relationship between Social Perceptions and Social Cognitions
Social Perception Required to Resolve Conflict

From the Paper:

"Ethnic conflict has been in existence for as long as lines have been drawn in the sands of time. The Israeli-Palestinian ethnic group conflict is no different from other ethnic conflicts; however, there are a number of differences that can be traced to outside involvement by other countries that has fueled the fires of this long standing controversy. The ethnic conflict theory (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2006), illuminates the causal factors and effects of ethnic conflicts. Groups are encouraged, or in the case of Palestine, compelled to confirm to values and norms contrary to their beliefs; therefore, coalitions are created along ethnic lines. These coalitions are in constant competition for resources. Research asserts that groups concentrated geographically have an elevated probability of conflict. With regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there are a number of factors that encourage continuing tension. Some of these factors are group size, income, distance, and inequality (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2006)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bargal, D. (2008). Group processes to reduce intergroup conflict: An additional example of a workshop for Arab and Jewish youth. Small Group Research, 39(1), 42-59. doi: 10.1177/1046496407313414.
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