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Membership matters, peace achievement matters the most… A test of complex social identities and attitudes toward peace with youth leaders from Kosovo.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The recent United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security highlights the importance of 18-29 years old people as positive leaders in peace and security. For a long time, research and media featured youth in conflicts either as victims, or perpetrators. Recently, some studies began promoting a better narrative based on positive-peace structural factors, e.g. development. Notwithstanding these valuable contributions, little research has empirically explored psychosocial divers of youth within conflicts. This paper studies the links between complex self-categorization processes and attitudes towards peace.

 

Using a mixed-methods design of randomized surveys and semi-structured interviews, the research aimed to evaluate the hypothesis that youth with superordinate complex social identities (SCSI) will be more likely to have positive attitudes towards peace. The study does not find support for the hypothesis. Youth have a complex identity in which they simultaneously recognize their superordinate and in-group belonging; however, the prioritize in-group self-categorization. Young people have contact with other groups, but their empathy and trust levels are still low. Despite SCSI may not be the main driver of youth positive attitudes toward peace, rather complex identities. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 94
Keywords [en]
youth, UNSCR2250, superordinate complex social identity, social identity theory, attitudes toward peace.
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Social Sciences Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353926OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-353926DiVA, id: diva2:1219802
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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2018-05-30, 4219B, Gamla Torget 6, Uppsala, 14:15 (English)
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Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-17 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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