International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

1M Intergroup Conflict: Bridging Multiple Perspectives from Psychology and Beyond

(Session Organizer) Linda R Tropp, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Research Area: Political conflict, violence, and crisis

As conflicts based in ethnic, political, religious, and racial differences continue to erupt around the world, we must redouble our efforts to understand how to alleviate group conflict and achieve sustainable, peaceful relations between groups.  We believe psychological theory and research have important roles to play in this endeavor, yet scholars from different traditions often have distinct views regarding key factors underlying conflict, and how different approaches can contribute to existing knowledge. By combining multiple approaches from within and beyond psychology, we can gain greater insights regarding the nature of intergroup conflict and how to promote peaceful resolution of conflict and reconciliation between groups. 

We therefore seek to enhance integration of multiple psychological perspectives on conflict, and to provide researchers with an opportunity to share perspectives and learn from each other.  Specifically, we wish to host a roundtable discussion to explore intersections across approaches to conflict and conflict resolution from a range of perspectives. Collectively, the four panelists (Bilali, Cohrs, Hammack, Vollhardt) and chair (Tropp) have expertise in studying conflict from various perspectives adopted in political psychology, social psychology, and peace psychology, as well as familiarity with perspectives on conflict from allied disciplines, and with quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of conflict. Together, we aim to engage conference participants in discussion of commonalities and differences across approaches, and how existing work on intergroup conflict may be further developed and integrated so that it can direct future generations of theory and research and effectively be applied to policy and intervention.