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Summary of: Kauff, M., Beneda, M., Paolini, S., Bilewicz, M., Kotzur, P., O’Donnell, A. W., Stevenson, C., Wagner, U., & Christ, O. (2020). How do we get people into contact? Predictors of intergroup contact and drivers of contact seeking. Journal of Social Issues, 1-26.  Background & Theory This article evaluates why intergroup contact occurs; while...

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Summary of: Williams, J., “Imagined Contact Intervention with an American Muslim Target” (2019). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 3152. https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/3152 Background & Theory Studies have often shown that imagining contact with a member of a differing social group can reduce prejudice toward them. This is known as imagined contact intervention and is of help...

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Summary of: Smidt, H.M. (2020). United Nations Peacekeeping Locally: Enabling Conflict Resolution, Reducing Communal Violence. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 64(2-3), 344-372. doi:10.1177/0022002719859631 Background & Theory There have been many studies evaluating the role of UN Peacekeeping in conflict-ridden regions, but few look at the role of local encounters and improving intergroup dialogue specifically to improve parameters in...

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Summary of: White, F. A., Borinca, I., Vezzali, L., Reynolds, K. J., Blomster Lyshol, J. K., Verrelli, S., & Falomir-Pichastor, J. M. (2020). Beyond direct contact: The theoretical and societal relevance of indirect contact for improving intergroup relations. Journal of Social Issues, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12400 Background & Theory The authors explore the benefits of indirect contact,...

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Summary of: Haider, H. (2019). Engaging rural stakeholders in social cohesion, reconciliation, and peacebuilding projects. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies. Background & Theory Efforts at peacebuilding in conflict-ridden environments take into account social inequalities, community values, and intergroup relations. In Iraq and many other regions, rural populations rank high on poverty...

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Summary of: Dasgupta, Utteeyo & Mani, Subha & Sharma, Smriti & Singhal, Saurabh, 2020. “Social Identity, Behavior, and Personality: Evidence from India,” IZA Discussion Papers 13515, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). Background & Theory All societies have some form of social and racial hierarchies. The most prominent one in India is that of caste. Historically, Indian society...

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace introduce new ideas, new products, and a safe, collaborative company culture for all employees. Executives know a diverse workforce, including varying races, ages, religions, genders, and sexual orientations brings many benefits to any organization. But even though the benefits are clear, knowing how to cultivate diversity and inclusion in...

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Summary of: Taylor, M. “Personality styles: Why they matter in the workplace” (2020). Economic Alternatives, 2020, Issue 1, pp. 148-163. Background & Theory: A diverse set of personality styles are often represented in the workplace, sometimes causing tension and workplace conflict. Understanding the nuances associated with extroversion and introversion is therefore crucial in allowing organizations...

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Summary of: Nixon, C. (2017). Helping ourselves first: Conflict management strategies of regional international organizations. University Honors Program Theses, 248. https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/248 Background & Theory The author discusses the critical need of regional international organizations (RIOs) to intervene in ethnic conflicts, but notes some of the surrounding limitations to creating sustainable peace, such as the level...

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