Self-Censorship as a Socio-Psychological Barrier to Peacemaking

Boaz Hameiri, Daniel Bar-Tal, Eran Halperin

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Self-censorship is of great importance in societies involved in intractable conflict. In this context, it blocks information that may contradict the dominant conflict-supporting narratives. Thus, self-censorship often serves as an effective societal mechanism that prevents free flow and transparency of information regarding the conflict and therefore can be seen as a barrier for a peacemaking process. We begin the chapter by describing the distinguishing characteristics of intractable conflicts, most notably the socio-psychological barriers that fuel this type of conflict, focusing on self-censorship. Then we turn to review research conducted with the Jewish-Israeli population, which provides empirical evidence of the operation of self-censorship as a barrier, its antecedents, and consequences. Finally, we discuss a number of conclusions that stem from the reviewed literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelf-Censorship in Contexts of Conflict: Theory and Research
EditorsDaniel Bar-Tal, Rafi Nets-Zehngut, Keren Sharvit
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-63378-7
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

Name Peace Psychology Book Series
ISSN (Print)2197-5779
ISSN (Electronic)2197-5787


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