Chapter 4. Why Neighbors Kill: Prior Intergroup Contact and Killing of Ethnic Outgroup Neighbors

  1. Dr Victoria M. Esses Professor Director Fellow and
  2. Richard A. Vernon Professor
  1. Miles Hewstone Professor Fellow recipient1,
  2. Nicole Tausch DPhil Postdoctoral Fellow2,
  3. Alberto Voci PhD Associate Professor member3,
  4. Jared Kenworthy PhD Postdoctoral Researcher Assistant Professor4,
  5. Joanne Hughes Professor5 and
  6. Ed Cairns Professor Fellow President6

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303056.ch4

Explaining the Breakdown of Ethnic Relations: Why Neighbors Kill

Explaining the Breakdown of Ethnic Relations: Why Neighbors Kill

How to Cite

Hewstone, M., Tausch, N., Voci, A., Kenworthy, J., Hughes, J. and Cairns, E. (2009) Why Neighbors Kill: Prior Intergroup Contact and Killing of Ethnic Outgroup Neighbors, in Explaining the Breakdown of Ethnic Relations: Why Neighbors Kill (eds V. M. Esses and R. A. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303056.ch4

Editor Information

  1. University of Western Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    New College, Oxford University, UK

  2. 2

    Cardiff University, UK

  3. 3

    University of Padova, Italy

  4. 4

    University of Texas, Arlington, VA, USA

  5. 5

    School of Education, Queen's University: Belfast, Canada

  6. 6

    School of Psychology, University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 JUL 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170581

Online ISBN: 9781444303056

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Keywords:

  • prior intergroup contact and ethnic outgroup neighbors;
  • killing neighbors versus killing members of neighboring groups;
  • social psychology of massacres;
  • “Contact Hypothesis”;
  • World War II massacre with a difference;
  • Radio Télévision Libre des Milles Collines (RTLM);
  • Balkan tragedy;
  • commonalities from Rwanda and the Balkans;
  • social psychological evidence and prior contact and intergroup conflict

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Killing Neighbors versus Killing Members of Neighboring Groups

  • The Social Psychology of Massacres

  • The “Contact Hypothesis”

  • Case Studies in Neighbor-on-Neighbor Violence

  • Commonalities from Rwanda and the Balkans

  • Social Psychological Evidence concerning Prior Contact and Intergroup Conflict

  • Summary and Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • Notes

  • References