Is there a way to ease racial tension between adolescents?

March 04, 2008

The participatory action research project titled, "Enabling Adolescents in Culturally Diverse Environments to Peacefully Resolve Ethnic Group Conflicts," was conducted by special issue guest editors, Charles Garvin of the University of Michigan and David Bargal of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Preliminary studies were held in two separate locations in the US, as well as in South Africa and Israel. Results of the subsequent research are thoroughly examined in the special issue of the journal in articles focusing on themes, such as:The research provided hope for future positive intergroup relations. "During this stage, young people are relatively open to educational influences and to a reformulation of their personal attitudes and perceptions of the world," write the guest editors in the introduction. "Stereotypes about intergroup relations, including prejudices and the notion of social justice, are likely to be changing, and an ability to participate in dialogues as a means of managing conflict may be acquired."

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