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date: 19 April 2018

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The chapter begins by considering the concept of reconciliation in scientific study in general, and research on intergroup relations in particular. On the basis of this review it proposes a distinction between structural, relational and identity-related aspects of intergroup reconciliation and suggests that these aspects are hierarchically organized. It continues to focus on relational and identity-related aspects of intergroup reconciliation by discussing the distinction between processes of instrumental and socio-emotional reconciliation. It continues to analyze the psychological dynamics in identity-related reconciliation and describes the need based model of reconciliation and relevant empirical support. Subsequent sections consider the effects of ‘truth-telling’ in the post-conflict era on societal and individual healing. A final chapter focuses on the distinction between false and genuine reconciliation and reviews scholarly work that emphasizes the place of victim resentment in genuine intergroup reconciliation.

Keywords: Definition of reconciliation, instrumental reconciliation, socio-emotional reconciliation, need based model of reconciliation, genuine vs. false reconciliation, resentment

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