Identity, Religion and Intergroup Conflict: The Role of Religious-Secular Discourse in Self-Investigation


This paper explores the logic and implications of a Secular-Religious Discourse and group processes to construction of individual and social identity. The theory argues that Intergroup discourse can create a safe environment that encourages individuals to engage in self reflection and in discourse with 'the other'. Qualitative thematic content analysis was used to analyze the final papers of Jewish students who (N=83) participated in a semester long dialogue course. Content analysis found that students came into the dialogue with low willingness to engage in self-exploration, and had difficulty discussing their personal and social identities. The majority of the students did not report on a change occurring during the dialogue, but rather engaged more in an attempt to settle their self-perceptions in comparison to the out-group members (Arad students).The contribution of this research lies in investigating how identities are shaped within a context of intergroup conflict and majority-minority relations. Moreover, the paper proposes several hypotheses and questions to advance the research in this field.

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Lipaz Shamoa-Nir, Zefat Academic College, Israel

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Conference: ECP2017
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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