Contact between Israelis and Arabs: A Theoretical Evaluation of Effects

Yehuda Amir, Aharon Bizman, Rachel Ben-Ari, Miriam Rivner

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Based on social-psychological research findings, generalizations can be made as to the effects of certain situational and personal variables in interethnic contact situations on the attitude change of the interacting individuals. The purpose of this paper is to try to arrive at conclusions regarding the effects of contact between Israeli Jews and West Bank Arabs on ethnic change, based on evaluation of the existing contact situations and their potential effect. Following this theoretical evaluation, two empirical studies on this topic are briefly presented. Comparing the theoretical evaluation and the empirical results, there is a general consistency of conclusions for the Israeli group; for the Arabs discrepancies are detected. However, both approaches indicate that the effects of contact are relatively more positive for the Israelis than for the Arabs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-443
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1980


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