Dissertation: Wallach, Authority, Leadership, and Peacemaking: The Role of the Diasporas

Wallach, Tracy. Authority, Leadership, and Peacemaking: The Role of the Diasporas. A Pilot Study of a Group Relations Conference. Lesley University, 2010.

URL: http://udini.proquest.com/view/authority-leadership-and-goid:862714114/

Abstract

Research suggests that conflicts are much more likely to re-ignite in societies which have large Diaspora communities in the United States. This study examines the role of American Jewish, Arab, and other Middle Eastern Diaspora communities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and addresses the generally neglected role of trauma and emotions in perpetuating conflict. The project employed group relations conference methodology to conduct the inquiry. A group relations lens allows one to look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at multiple levels: on the psychological level (looking at issues of trauma, identity, collective narrative, emotions and unconscious processes); on the social level (looking at inter-group relations); and on the political level (examining the role of leadership, authority and power dynamics). A pilot conference, Authority, Leadership, and Peacemaking: The Role of the Diasporas was convened April 16-18, 2010. Surveys and interviews were administered before and after the conference in order to examine the impact of the conference on participants. The conference evaluation addressed the following questions: what did participants in the conference learn about the conflict? How did conference participants perceive their individual roles and the collective roles of their respective Diasporas in perpetuating the conflict there? What part might these conferences play in helping participants, as members of their respective Diaspora communities to contribute to the peace process? What processes/variables are at work during the conferences and afterwards that contribute to participant learning and action? The dissertation describes the particular innovations and adaptations made to the group relations conference model; the ways in which the pre-conference and conference dynamics mirrored the dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; research design and preliminary findings up to three months post conference. Recommendations for future conferences on the topic are made and implications of the findings for group relations are discussed.

Subject: Middle Eastern Studies; Peace Studies

 

Classification: 0555: Middle Eastern Studies; 0563: Peace Studies

 

Identifier / keyword: Social sciences, Diaspora, Collective narratives, Diaspora(s), Group relations, Inter-group conflict, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Peacemaking

Number of pages: 300

Publication year: 2010

Degree date: 2010

School code: 1042

Source: DAI-A 72/06, Dec 2011

Place of publication: Ann Arbor

Country of publication: United States

ISBN: 9781124568669

Advisor: Dallalfar, Arlene

Committee member: Roffman, Eleanor, McRae, Mary

University/institution: Lesley University

Department: School of Education

University location: United States — Massachusetts

Degree: Ph.D.

Source type: Dissertations & Theses

Language: English

Document type: Dissertation/Thesis

Dissertation/thesis number: 3449521

ProQuest document ID: 862714114

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