The Political Socialization of Young Children in Intractable Conflicts:
Meytal Nasie, email@example.com
Daniel Bar-Tal , firstname.lastname@example.org
Aurel Harrison Diamond, email@example.com
The paper examines the political socialization of young Jewish-Israeli children living under conditions of intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It proposes arguments and presents empirical evidence to suggest that the way in which the political socialization of young children takes place in this context contributes to the development of conflict-supporting narratives of collective memory, and ethos of conflict by the youngest generation. As a result, the conflict solidifies adherence to these narratives in adulthood, thereby serving as a major obstacle to the processes of peace making and peace building. Evidence as to how political socialization works specifically in Israel is presented through a series of studies conducted in Israeli kindergartens and elementary schools. These studies recount the content related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict acquired by young children, as delivered by teachers. The paper thus examines the serious consequences of acquiring the themes of conflict-supporting narratives of the ethos of conflict and collective memory at an early age in societies involved in intractable conflict.