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The Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation$
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Arie Nadler, Thomas Malloy, and Jeffrey D. Fisher

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300314.001.0001

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Stepping Stones to Reconciliation in Northern Ireland: Intergroup Contact, Forgiveness, and Trust

(p.199) Chapter 9 Stepping Stones to Reconciliation in Northern Ireland: Intergroup Contact, Forgiveness, and Trust
The Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation

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Jared B. Kenworthy

Ed Cairns

Nicole Tausch

Joanne Hughes

Tania Tam

Alberto Voci

von Ulrich Hecker

Catherine Pinder

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights three stepping stones for success in interventions for violent intergroup conflicts: investigating when and how intergroup contact results in reduced prejudice and improved intergroup relations; promoting intergroup forgiveness to replace bitterness and vengeance; and building trust across the sectarian divide. It highlights some of the contributions of social psychology to building the postconflict society envisaged by the Belfast Agreement. The chapter begins by reviewing the historical and social background to the political violence in Northern Ireland. It considers the segregated nature of society in Northern Ireland, and highlights intergroup contact as a means to overcome the problems of segregation. It then considers the neglected topic of forgiveness, arguing that a distinct form of intergroup forgiveness is relevant in cases of intergroup conflict.

Keywords:   intergroup relations, intergroup conflict, Northern Ireland, forgiveness, social psychology, Belfast Agreement

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