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Master of Science (MS)
Department of Politics and Government: Political Science
Michaelene D. Cox
Frames are shortcuts or cognitive devices individuals use to understand social situations or activities. They play a particularly important role in protracted social conflict as a lens through which disputants interpret their situation and enemies. It is divergent frames that lead to the escalation and prolongation of engagements and are important tools for understanding a conflict as prolonged as the Israeli-Palestinian one. This study employs a method of frame analysis; specifically frame bridging, to reframe a collective identity among Israelis and Palestinians based on a common and interconnected history, a shared geographic continuity in Palestine, and conjoint teachings and traditions of Abrahamic faith. This thesis explores the possibility of bridging such a collective identity and demonstrates the impact it might have on the peace process. By situating the new identity in the framework of a shared state for Israelis and Palestinians, this study argues that a discussion of alternative frameworks beyond partition plans is required if sustainable peace is to ever be realized.
Schumacher, Michael James, "A Holy Peace: Abrahamic Interconnectivity and Collective Identity Framing in Israel / Palestine" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 130.