Coexistence is in the eye of the beholder: Evaluating intergroup encounter interventions between Jews and Arabs in Israel

Ifat Maoz*

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Abstract

This article presents a paradigm of process evaluation of intergroup contact interventions that has two objectives: (a) to classify intergroup encounters by their ideology and (b) to define and apply criteria that evaluate the quality of intergroup interaction, focusing on symmetry between members of both groups in active participation in the encounter. This paradigm was applied to evaluate 47 encounters programs between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs that were classified into two major approaches-those that emphasize coexistence and similarities between the sides and those that emphasize conflict and confrontation. Equality in participation of Jewish and Arab participants was found in the vast majority (89%) of programs. However, symmetry between Jewish and Arab facilitators varied and was higher in programs including confrontational elements.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)437-452
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

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