Date of Award
Conflict Resolution Institute
Tamra Pearson d'Estree, Ph.D.
Contact program, Ethnic conflict, Outgroup, Social networks
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?
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Carrie L. Shamos
Received from ProQuest
Shamos, Carrie L., "The Ties That Bind: An Examination of Outgroup Relationships as a Deviant Behavior" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 591.