We are sorry: intergroup apologies and their tenuous link with intergroup forgiveness

Hornsey, Matthew J. and Wohl, Michael J. A. (2013) We are sorry: intergroup apologies and their tenuous link with intergroup forgiveness. European Review of Social Psychology, 24 1: 1-31. doi:10.1080/10463283.2013.822206


Author Hornsey, Matthew J.
Wohl, Michael J. A.
Title We are sorry: intergroup apologies and their tenuous link with intergroup forgiveness
Journal name European Review of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1046-3283
1479-277X
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10463283.2013.822206
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 31
Total pages 31
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3207 Social Psychology
Formatted abstract
It is widely assumed that official apologies for historical transgressions lay the groundwork for intergroup forgiveness. Surprisingly, however, evidence for a causal relationship between intergroup apologies and forgiveness is limited. In this chapter we review a series of studies examining the conditions under which intergroup apologies appear to promote intergroup forgiveness, the conditions under which they have no observable effect on intergroup forgiveness, and the conditions under which they appear to undermine intergroup forgiveness. The research identifies hidden pitfalls of intergroup apologies for victims, insights that speak to broader themes of trust and reconciliation between groups. A trust-based model is described outlining the conditions that might moderate the apology-forgiveness link.
Keyword Apology
Intergroup forgiveness
Reparations
Transgressions
Conflict
Peace
Reconciliation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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