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The Roles of Threat and Emotion in Feeding Conflict

The Psychological Experience of Prejudice, Injustice, and Conflict, The Reduction of Prejudice and Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconciliation, and Effective Strategies in Translating Research for Communities and Policymakers.

   Faculty member Brian Lickel investigates issues of collective responsibility, such as what causes people to blame all members of a group for the actions of one (or a subset) of group members, and how judgments of collective responsibility are used to justify retribution against those groups.

He has been engaged in a number of international collaborations to examine how perceptions of collective responsibility, beliefs about blame, and support for retribution manifest themselves in ongoing ethnopolitical conflicts, including relations between the indigenous Mapuche community and the larger Chilean population, and American and British reactions to the occupation of Iraq.

11.10.2004 March for Mapuche Rights, Chile,
Permission: Guido Antitezo, flickr.com/photos/antitezo/217036105/

 

Students Ramila Usoof and Jaeshin Kim have examined how perceptions of threat and disadvantage can contribute to feelings of anger, fear, and readiness to support political violence and aggression.
    
Demonstrator throwing Molotov cocktails at police over death by the hands of the Carabineros, Chile, Permission: Guido Antitezo, flickr.com/photos/antitezo/228619848/