International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution

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Experimenting with Conflicts Constructively

In Search of Identity for the Field of Conflict Resolution

Keywords conflict resolution, identity, group identity, constructive engagement, narratives
Authors Michal Alberstein
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191336 Michal Alberstein
Bar-Ilan University, Program in Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation.
  • Abstract

      The field of conflict resolution has developed enough to become diverse and rich with perspectives, yet the common ground between those perspectives – a permanent core essence – has not yet been defined. The use of identity theory, specifically intergroup identity theory, may be the most effective method to understand the field’s foundations. In this article, six possible group identity claims – or grand narratives – are offered. Together, they may form a foundational code for the field, which may be examined and proved in context. Defining the profession of conflict resolution also requires engagement and dialogue with other related professions. In addition to mapping the six grand narratives, this article will suggest how these narratives can at times generate differences with other academic disciplines that deal with conflicts.

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