chapter  5
20 Pages

The role of group power in intergroup contact

ByTAMAR SAGUY, LINDA R. TROPP, DIALA HAWI

In November, 2005, an Israeli peace center brought together Palestinian and Israeli architecture students to design hypothetical joint-housing projects. In the course of the encounters, the students learned about housing prototypes in Palestinian and Israeli societies, and then worked in mixed Palestinian-Israeli groups to design a building that could house both Palestinian and Israeli families. Interviews with the participants a few months later revealed that while the project seemed to have a positive impact on the perceptions and feelings of Israelis, who reported enjoyment and satisfaction with the encounters, it did little to change those of the Palestinians, whose main reactions were frustration and disappointment (Zandberg, 2006; see Nadler & Saguy, 2004).