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Narrative and the Politics of IdentityThe Cultural Psychology of Israeli and Palestinian Youth$
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Phillip L. Hammack

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394467

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394467.001.0001

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Restorying Self and Other: An American Experiment

Restorying Self and Other: An American Experiment

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Narrative and the Politics of Identity

Phillip L. Hammack

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the second overarching research question on the cultural psychology of Israeli and Palestinian youth: What role does intergroup contact appear to assume in the development of a personal narrative? In other words, does it seem to strengthen or weaken the likelihood of master narrative reproduction? Does such an unusual form of social practice create new possibilities for narrative understanding between young Israelis and Palestinians, or does it rather simply reproduce the narrative stalemate of the conflict, as many other peace education efforts appear to do? he chapter examines the narratives of youth according to a basic taxonomy that conforms to social psychological theories of intergroup contact, as well as the aims of both contact programs. Identity transcendence is characterized by a reduction in the salience of in-group identity and the assumption of a common in-group identity that is inclusive of the outgroup.

Keywords:   identity transcendence, cultural psychology, Israeli youth, Palestinian youth, master narrative production, intergroup contact, identity

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