Conflict-supporting narratives and the struggle over them

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One major reason for the continuation of conflict-supporting narratives is the development of well-developed narratives that provide justification, explanation, and rationalization for the outbreak of conflicts and feed their continuation. Conflictsupporting narratives are imparted to society members, and are institutionalized, maintained, and reinforced constantly, systematically, and continuously. In violent, protracted conflicts there is an inherent struggle over alternative narratives conveyed within a given society and with the narratives of the rival society. The present chapter elaborates first on the nature of narratives. Then, it discusses the role of conflict-supporting narratives for societies involved in bloody conflicts. In the next part, the chapter analyzes the needs that the conflict-supporting narratives are supposed to satisfy in order to be functional. In the last part, this chapter elaborates how they are constructed. And finally, the chapter describes the methods of struggle over the narratives between rival societies engaged in intractable conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIsraeli and Palestinian Collective Narratives in Conflict
EditorsAdi Mana, Anan Srour
Place of PublicationUK
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publisher
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781527559622
ISBN (Print)9781527557420
StatePublished - 2020

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- Psychological aspects
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- Social aspects
  • Collective memory
  • Group identity
  • Intergroup relations


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