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Some Psychosocial and Cultural Factors in the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Review of the Literature
The Journal of Conflict Resolution
Vol. 16, No. 2, Research Perspectives on the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Symposium (Jun., 1972), pp. 269-280
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/173319
Page Count: 12
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This review is an introductory guide to the literature on selected psychosocial and cultural aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Its aims are to survey some of the scientific and nonscientific efforts that have been made to understand the psychosocial bases of behaviors in this conflict, and to clarify evidence related to major propositions regarding the impact of those bases. Its scope was limited by accepting the basic caveats of Kelman and Etzioni. Attempts to deal with the history and present status of the conflict from a psychological perspective were classified into three groups: psychological-theoretical, psychological-empirical, and historical-ideological. This group of overviews was used as a source of propositions and hypotheses, and three issues were selected as the foci for this review: (1) cultural characteristics and "national character" as parameters in the conflict; (2) the internal function of external conflict as an impediment to solution on both sides; and (3) optimism and the uses of psychology in reaching for a resolution.
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