International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

2Q Inter-group relations between two minorities: The case of Palestinian Muslims and Christians in I

(Session Organizer) Adi Mana, Ben Gurion University; (Chair) Shifra Sagy, Ben-Gurion University

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Ben Gurion University
Research Area: Intergroup relations

The panel will present longitudinal research of perceptions and relations between two minority groups of Israeli citizens: Palestinian Muslims and Christians. These minorities constitute about 20% of the population in Israel. The Christians are “a minority within a minority” and constitute about 10.5% of the Arab-Palestinian population in Israel. Although both groups share a common Arab-Palestinian national identity, a common fate and a similar social status as minorities in the Jewish-Israeli society, differences between the groups could be indicated in parameters such as religion identity, culture and demographic characteristics.
A combined model is applied employing Berry’s acculturation model (Berry, 1980), Social Identity (Tajfel & Turner, 1979); perceptions of historical narratives of the out-group and the in-group (Sagy, Adwan & Kaplan, 2002); and community sense of coherence (Sagy, 2005). Relying on this integrative model we ask: How do Muslims and Christians, as minority groups, build their collective identities and their inter-group relations?
We have examined this question in a representative sample of 1164 Muslims and 805 Christians, aged 18 to 65, using questionnaires which were developed and adapted for the unique population of our study. 
The proposed panel consists of four lectures related to various aspects of the study, our main findings and theoretical and empirical implications:
In the first presentation, Mr. Anan Srour will describe content analysis of the historical narratives of Muslim and Christian collectives, and perceptions of legitimacy of their own group and the "other's" narratives.
In the second lecture, Dr. Adi Mana will focus on the relations between historical narratives, acculturation tendencies and identity strategies of members of both groups.
In the third presentation, Mr. Yahya Hijazi will examine the community sense of coherence and its relations with historical narratives, acculturation tendencies and identity strategies.
In the last lecture, Ms. Serene Mjally-Knani, will analyze the relationship between socioeconomic status, identity strategies and acculturation tendencies among Muslims and Christians living in mixed and in separated localities.