A sense of self-perceived collective victimhood in intractable conflicts
30-06-2009 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 874, by Daniel Bar-Tal, Lily Chernyak-Hai, Noa Schori and Ayelet Gundar
A sense of self-perceived collective victimhood is a mindset resulting from a perceived intentional harm inflicted on a group by another group. This emerges as a major theme in societies involved in intractable conflict. This article analyses the nature and antecedents of the self-perceived collective sense of victimhood in conflict, the functions that it fulfils for the society, and its consequences.