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      How do conflict narratives shape conflict- and peace-related outcomes among majority group members? The role of competitive victimhood in intractable conflicts

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          Previous research in the Turkish–Kurdish conflict context highlighted two opposing conflict narratives: (a) a terrorism narrative and (b) an independence narrative. In this article, we argue that these narratives are relevant to protracted and asymmetrical intergroup conflict (e.g., independence struggles), and therefore have consequences for conflict- and peace-related outcomes regardless of conflict contexts. We tested this generalizability hypothesis in parallel studies in the context of Turkish–Kurdish (Study 1) and Israeli–Palestinian relations (Study 2) among majority group members (Turks and Jewish Israelis, respectively). We also investigated competitive victimhood as a potential mediating variable in the relationship between conflict narratives on the one side and support for non-violent conflict resolution, forgiveness, and support for aggressive policies on the other, in parallel studies with the two aforementioned contexts. We argue that the terrorism narrative is essentially a negation of the narrative of the other group, and the independence narrative is a consideration of that narrative; therefore, competitive victimhood would be lower/higher when the narrative of the other is acknowledged/denied. Results point to the crucial relationship between endorsing conflict narratives and conflict- and peace-related outcomes through competitive victimhood, and to the possibility that these conflict narratives may show some similarities across different conflict contexts.

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          The Handbook of Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice

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            The social psychology of intergroup relations

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                Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
                Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
                SAGE Publications
                1368-4302
                1461-7188
                May 15 2020
                : 136843022091577
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
                [2 ]Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel
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                10.1177/1368430220915771
                ce06ef19-c0de-41da-9c06-8ddbdfe54bb5
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