The social representations and their consequences in the “conflict” Israel-Palestine

Author: Francisco Javier Aragonés López*


This article is a synthesis of the final paper I wrote to obtain my grade as a sociologist. It was conducted during the 2013–2014 academic year. Its aim was to access the social reality of the Israeli-Palestinian ‘conflict’, and study the social representations by students from two universities. One of the locations is located in the Israeli territory, that is, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The second one is The Al Quds University, which is situated in the Palestinian area. Since I focused  on the ethno-sociological perspective, the main task was conducted  in the field. This was followed by an  analysis of the research subjects' speeches as well as student associations, professors and several  other employees from the universities. Being aware of  the social representations of the Israeli-Palestinian 'conflict' and its consequences, it could lead to  a search for  solutions and provide  knowledge to the scientific community. Moreover, an enhanced understanding of the present, past and possible future  of the hostile and alarming environment which characterizes the Israel and Palestine history. It could also measure the impact on the daily lives of the inhabitants. According to the Israeli and Palestinian societies, the results and conclusions of this report are not intended to be uniform, but endeavor  to achieve other theories that might allow the apprehension of the social reality of the phenomenon being addressed.


Keywords: Intractable conflict, social representations, social reality, habitus, agents of socialization.


*Master Candidate, Cultura de Paz, Conflictos, Educación y Derechos Humanos, Universidad Granada, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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