Stereotypes and Prejudice in Conflict: Representations of Arabs in Israeli Jewish Society

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In the past two decades, the study of social stereotypes and prejudice has become one of the central issues in social sciences in general and in social psychology in particular. One reflection of this growing interest is the focus on shared stereotypes and prejudice, which are considered as sociocultural products. The primary reason for this development is the recognition that both stereotypes and prejudice play a determinative role in shaping intergroup relations. In situations of conflict, they simultaneously are outcomes of the accumulated animosity between the involved groups and feed on the continuation of the conflict by furnishing the cognitive-affective basis for the mistrust and hostility between the parties. In spite of this recognition, no systematic analysis of the stereotypes and prejudice was carried out in real conflict situations. The book tries to fill this void by applying a general and universal conceptual framework to the study of the acquisition and development of stereotypes and prejudice in a society involved in an intractable conflict. It presents a systematic, comprehensive, and coherent analysis of evolvement, institutionalization, maintenance, functions, and consequences of stereo types and prejudice in a society involved in intractable conflict.
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"A genuine contribution to the field...I shall be citing the book often in my future writings on contact theory." Thomas F. Pettigrew, Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Deals with an important issue...and presents a very impressive perspective. The approach is centrally relevant to issues here in the US, including racial stereotyping and, since 9/11, the perception of Muslims as terrorists....I'll be recommending it to both colleagues and students in the US and everywhere else." Philip A. Cowan, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkely

"All educators, all politicians — in fact, everyone — should read this book." — Haaretz

"An intelligent, timely, and useful discussion that involves the application of basic tenets of social psychology to a real-world problem of intergroup conflict....An invaluable read for anyone who has ever wondered why intergroup conflict is so difficult to tackle and why stereotypes and prejudice are so resistant to change. Readers of this book will gain a profound understanding about the nature of intergroup conflict and change." Contemporary Psychology

"Bar-Tal and Teichman's book is the most extensive review and analysis of the recent social psychological literature on stereotypes and prejudice towards Arabs in the Israeli-Jewish society, especially among the younger generations." Israel Studies, Dan Bar-On, Ben Gurion University

"I think that Bar-Tal and Teichman were very courageous to confront the Israeli-Jewish society, mirroring to us the depth and width of our own stereotypes and prejudices towards Arabs in general and toward the Palestinians in particular, which is partially based in conflict but also partially a product of our ignorance." Israel Studies, Dan Bar-On, Ben Gurion University

"This book is the work of a lifetime. It clarifies prejudice. It can advance the peace process in the Middle East. It is of excellent scientific quality. It is socially highly relevant. It is in the heart of political psychology."
Alexander George Award Committee

"An impressive treatise on the Israeli/Palestine conflict. It should be read by scholars interested in this particular conflict and by psychologists interested in intractable conflicts." Political Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521807975
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2005
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Bar-Tal is Professor of Social Psycholofy at the School of Education, Tel-Aviv University. He is the Coeditor in Chief of the Palestine Israel Journal, Director of the Walter Lebach Research Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence Through Education, and Co-Director of the European Summer Institute in Political Psychology.

Yona Teichman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University. Her research and publications cover domains in social and clinical psychology.

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Table of Contents

1 The psychological basis of intergroup relations 20
2 Psychological intergroup repertoire in intractable conflicts 57
3 The context : the Arab-Israeli intractable conflict 92
4 Representation of Arabs in public discourse 125
5 Representation of Arabs in school textbooks 157
6 Representation of Arabs in cultural products 177
7 Representation of Arabs by Israeli Jews : review of empirical research 208
8 The development of shared psychological intergroup repertoire in a conflict : theory and methods 231
9 Studies with preschoolers 261
10 Studies with schoolchildren, adolescents, and young adults 291
11 The reflection of social images in human figure drawing 324
12 Conclusions and implications 375
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