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Solidarity Across DividesPromoting the Moral Point of View$
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George Vasilev

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697304

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697304.001.0001

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In-group Deliberation and Integration

In-group Deliberation and Integration

(p.145) 5 In-group Deliberation and Integration
Solidarity Across Divides

George Vasilev

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 5 takes up the question of social transformation from the perspective of attitudes, social norms, and patterned behaviours at the everyday level. It examines how these can be altered to reflect a situation in which groups are encountering each other from the moral point of view when, previously, misconceptions, disparaging stereotypes or a history of violence left them harbouring dehumanising images of one another. The chapter presents in-group deliberation as a promising, yet underappreciated, vehicle for the achievement of such actor transformations. This claim is supported with reference to case studies showing that public sphere deliberations among like members are just as, if not more, consequential in fostering acceptance of outsiders than deliberations among unlike members, especially when antipathy defines group relations. What characterises such deliberations is the presence of ‘integrative leaders’, that is, individuals who take a leading role in persuading their group to develop a more enlarged and considered understanding of its relationship with another.

Keywords:   Deliberative democracy, Divided societies, Conflict transformation, Reconciliation, Integration

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