Women for Peace: Promoting Dialogue and Peace through Facebook?

Yiftach Ron, Camelia Suleiman, Ifat Maoz

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Abstract

The goal of this study is to examine the ways in which dialogue and peace are promoted and mobilized through a Facebook page in the protracted, ethnopolitical conflict between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians. A thematic qualitative text analysis based on the grounded theory approach was conducted on posts and comments that were published on the Facebook page of the Israeli grassroots movement Women Wage Peace (WWP), created by the Jewish and Arab women that participate in this movement. Our findings point to three major mechanisms through which attempts to mobilize peace were performed: building solidarity, maintaining engagement, and calling for action, thus contributing to our understanding of social media as a dialogue-provoking platform that enables users from different gender and ethnopolitical groups in divided and conflicted societies to perform peacebuilding actions. However, the findings indicate that at the same time, the page also constitutes a space for blatant expressions of hostility, hatred, and sexism that convey a backlash against the initiative and activity of WWP.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Media and Society
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Facebook
  • Israeli–Palestinian conflict
  • asymmetric conflict
  • dialogue
  • mobilization
  • online political participation
  • social media
  • women and peace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications

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