Bereavement in political conflict: Ideological meaning-making and dialogue

Adi Barak, Maayan Garber

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In this research article we explored the dialogical mechanisms of ideological meaning making in the aftermath of traumatic loss, via descriptive phenomenological qualitative research. Thirty-three individuals who lost a close family member in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were interviewed regarding the dialogues they had about their ideology in the aftermath of their loss. Analysis identified four types of dialogues that assisted in ideological meaning making: dialogue with political figures, dialogue with and through the media, dialogue with the deceased, and dialogue with radicalized bereaved individuals. Applications of our findings to the constructivist theory of bereavement are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1455-1464
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2022

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