Fostering Cooperation While Engaging Conflict: An Inter-communal Case Study

  • Daniella Arieli
  • Victor J. Friedman
  • Evgeniya Gina Knyazev
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


The chapter presents an intervention carried with an entire cohort of Jewish and Palestinian Arab students in a nursing program at a public college in Northern Israel. It describes how the nursing students constructed their particular space of encounter in a way that recapitulated conflicts in the larger societal, institutional and organizational contexts. It then presents the story of a particular conflict that erupted, the planning process that led to the choice to primarily use Action Evaluation to plan the future rather than Conflict Engagement to deal with the past, the intervention itself, and the follow-up. In the discussion, the paper takes a critical look at the intervention and its outcomes relative to the aspirations for conflict engagement and its impact on the natural space of encounter.


Nursing Student Natural Space Department Chair Israeli Society Psychological Safety 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniella Arieli
    • 1
  • Victor J. Friedman
    • 2
  • Evgeniya Gina Knyazev
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Nursing Science & Department of Sociology and AnthropologyMax Stern Academic College of Emek YezreelJezreel ValleyIsrael
  2. 2.Action Research Center for Social Justice, Max Stern Academic College of Emek YezreelJezreel ValleyIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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