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Title: The importance of social identity content in a setting of chronic social conflict: Understanding intergroup relations in Northern Ireland
Author(s): Livingstone, Andrew G
Haslam, S Alexander
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Issue Date: Mar-2008
Date Deposited: 5-Dec-2012
Citation: Livingstone AG & Haslam SA (2008) The importance of social identity content in a setting of chronic social conflict: Understanding intergroup relations in Northern Ireland. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47 (1), pp. 1-21.
Abstract: Two studies (N=117, 112) were conducted with school students in Northern Ireland to investigate the neglected relationship between social identity content and intergroup relations. Study 1 tested and found support for two hypotheses. The first was that the association between in-group identification and negative behavioural intentions would be moderated by antagonistic identity content. The second was that the antagonistic identity content mediates the relationship between the experience of intergroup antagonism and negative behavioural intentions. Study 2 replicated these findings at a time of reduced intergroup violence, and supplemented them with a qualitative-quantitative analysis of participants' written responses. In addition, findings demonstrate the importance of appreciating the content and meaning of social identities when theorizing about intergroup relations and developing conflict management interventions.
DOI Link: 10.1348/014466607X200419
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