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Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference by Todd Pittinsky

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Collective Memory and Intergroup Leadership

Israel as a Case Study

Irit Keynan University of Haifa

COLLECTIVE memory is the recollection of what has been experienced in common by a group, a notion separate from the individual memory.1 It is the past that is shared, passed on, and even constructed by the group, within the intricate relationship between its historical knowledge and present sociopolitical framework. Collective memory is a powerful force that consolidates in-group cohesion, mostly by strengthening ethnic myths and symbols and thus making a clear distinction between the group and others.2

The power of collective memory becomes more accentuated in times of conflict, and the more traumatic the past, the stronger the collective ...

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