International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

1Z Social Representations of Peace and Conflict

(Session Organizer) Emma O'Dwyer, Queen's University Belfast; (Discussant) Caroline Howarth, LSE; (Chair) Emma O'Dwyer, Queen's University Belfast

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Queen's University Belfast
Research Area: Political conflict, violence, and crisis

A social representations approach to the issues of peace and conflict is useful as it highlights the importance of meaning and the fact that representations are constantly in conversation with the context, having important implications for peace-building. This panel addresses the issues of peace and conflict broadly and in a variety of contexts. The themes it covers include: collective guilt, collective memory, reparatory behaviours and apologies, processes of representation and anchoring, foreign policy orientations, values, victimization, intergroup relations, social capital and secularism. Papers use both qualitative and quantitative methods. O’Dwyer et al address the content of the social representation of Irish neutrality and its anchoring in Schwartz’s basic human values. Sarrica et al explore the content of social representations of peace and conflict and its relationship with victimhood in a number of warfare contexts. Valencia et al examine the effects of the salience of the Spanish Law of Historical Memory on beliefs about the Spanish Civil War, functions and expectancies of remembering, and reparatory behaviours, guilt and shame as well as anchoring processes. Finally, taking the example of Hindu-Muslim violence in India, Sen will analyse the parts played by secularism and social capital in inter-ethnic violence and discuss implications for public policy.