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The effect of group identity on memories of past conflicts


2009 2009

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The present research examined how group members construe events of conflict and violence in which their ingroup was involved and shed light on the relationship between ingroup identification and those construals of intergroup conflict. I proposed that construals of intergroup conflict vary along two main dimensions, attributions of responsibility and perceived severity of harm. Drawing on social identity theory, in three survey studies, I derived and tested hypotheses regarding cross-group and within-group variations in these dimensions. The first study examined the influence of ingroup identification (identification with Turkish nationality) on individuals' construals of a historical period characterized by intergroup violence (Armenian-Turkish conflict). Study 2 sought to extend this investigation in a different conflict context (Turkish-Kurdish conflict) by examining construals of a recent conflict which occurred during respondents' lifetime. Furthermore, it examined whether the influence of ingroup identification on construals of conflict varies as a function of one's group membership (Turks vs. Kurds). Study 3 extended the prior findings to examine whether individual differences in the strength of ingroup (Hutu vs. Tutsi) identification are an important predictor of construals of conflict in a context of ongoing extreme violence between groups (ethnic conflict in Burundi).

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Subject
Social psychology
Classification
0451: Social psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology, Collective memories, Construals of violence, Ethnic conflict, Group identity, Ingroup identification, Social identity theory
Title
The effect of group identity on memories of past conflicts
Author
Bilali, Rezarta
Number of pages
160
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0118
Source
DAI-B 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109500073
Advisor
Tropp, Linda R.; Dasgupta, Nilanjana
Committee member
Ready, Rebecca E.; Young, James E.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Psychology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3379939
ProQuest document ID
304920353
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304920353
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