International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

1N Media, Psychology and Narratives in Asymmetric Conflict

(Session Organizer) Ifat Maoz, Hebrew University; (Chair) Clark McCauley, Bryn Mawr College

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Hebrew University
Research Area: Political conflict, violence, and crisis

This panel will open a discussion of relations among media, psychology and narratives in asymmetric conflict. The papers presented will approach these issues from the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in relation to the protests occurring in Tunis and Cairo in 2010-2011.  Presenters will question: How, in asymmetric conflict contexts is the conflict represented in media and what are the effects of such representations in the struggle over sympathy of viewers?  Can  personified media coverage elicit sympathy from the stronger  towards the weaker ( the "underdogs")? How is a particular death constructed as martyrdom for a mass public, and what are the mechanisms by which martyrdom mobilizes increased sacrifice from those who sympathize with the martyr's cause in contexts of asymmetric conflict?   Are there particular intergroup emotions and narratives associated with asymmetric conflict, and if so how are these conveyed or elicited in mass media and in educational settings? How do peace educators cope with the complexities of asymmetric conflict?