With or without you: The paradoxical role of identification in predicting joint and ingroup collective action in intergroup conflict

Siwar Hasan-Aslih*, Eric Shuman, Ruthie Pliskin, Martijn van Zomeren, Tamar Saguy, Eran Halperin

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Abstract

While we have a rich understanding of the motivations of disadvantaged group members to act collectively with their group, especially the important role played by identification, we know less about the disadvantaged's motivations to engage in joint action with the advantaged. This research examines the role of identification in predicting joint and ingroup collective action in intergroup conflicts. Since joint action inherently diffuses the perception of “us versus them”, we propose that identification predicts ingroup action, but not joint action. We also examine conflict intensity as a moderator, and examine how changing identification is linked to change in support for joint action. We test these hypotheses in a three-wave longitudinal study in the Palestinian–Israeli conflict. Results support our hypotheses, demonstrating that identification positively predicts ingroup action but not necessarily joint action, and that when conflict intensifies, changes in identification are negatively related to joint action with outgroup members.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1334-1343
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

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Keywords

  • collective action
  • identification
  • intergroup conflict
  • joint action

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