Cross-cultural argument interactions between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians

D. Ellis, I. Maoz

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This study examined the argument patterns that result when Israeli-Jews and Palestinians confront each other during group dialogues. We tested predictions derived from two theories. The first was a theory of cultural communication which predicted that Israeli-Jews and Palestinians would argue in a manner consistent with their respective cultural communication codes known as dugri and musayra respectively. Thus, the Israeli-Jews were expected to be assertive and the Palestinians more accommodating. The second theory was rooted in majority/minority power relations and predicted the opposite. The data were generated from reconciliation-based dialogue groups of Israeli-Jews and Palestinians. Communicative acts were coded according to the Conversational Argument Coding Scheme. Analysis of covariance was used to determine which patterns of argument distinguished the groups, and to identify variance attributable to lag sequences and individuals. The results were supportive of predictions from majority/minority power relations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)181-194
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2002


  • Argument
  • Dialogue
  • Intercultural
  • Israelis
  • Palestinian


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