Date of Award

1-1-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Conflict Resolution Institute

First Advisor

Tamra Pearson d'Estree

Keywords

Contact Program, Ethnic Conflict, Outgroup, Social Networks

Abstract

Contact programs, such as Seeds of Peace, subscribe to the assertion that an essential element to co-existence between groups with a violent history is to provide situations in which out-group members are encouraged to form new relationships. Although the individual may have positive feelings toward out-group members at the conclusion of the program, he or she must return home to existing social networks, which may not hold the same tolerant attitudes. This research explores what happens when individuals present new out-group relationships to existing peer groups. Under what circumstances, if any, can participants sustain new relationships when they return to their respective communities where they face the pressures and constraints of their previous

networks and neighborhoods?

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Carrie L. Shamos

File size

97 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Social psychology

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