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Divided by memories? Beliefs about the past, Ethnic boundaries, and trust in northern Iraq
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2017 (English)In: Geopolitics, History, and International Relations, ISSN 1948-9145, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 128-175Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines beliefs about the past across ethnic groups in conflict ridden Northern Iraq, and the extent to which such beliefs are associated with interethnic trust and political trust. Using individual-level survey data (N=1,440) collected in 2010 and 2011 in the cities of Erbil and Kirkuk, our quantitative analyses show that beliefs about the past are strongly structured by ethnicity, but that the ethnic composition of friendship networks is an important moderating factor. We tended to find stronger group-specific uniformities in beliefs in the more violent and polarized Kirkuk, where group boundaries are more pronounced both in a cultural and a structural sense. Our results also indicate that beliefs about the past play a significant role in interethnic trust as beliefs about the past connected to particular ethnic groups are often associated with trust in these groups. Beliefs about the past are also shown to be associated with trust in political institutions.

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2017. Vol. 9, no 1, p. 128-175
Keywords [en]
belief, past, ethnic boundary, trust, Northern Iraq
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164274DOI: 10.22381/GHIR9120177OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164274DiVA, id: diva2:1278794
Available from: 2019-01-15 Created: 2019-01-15 Last updated: 2019-02-04Bibliographically approved

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