The Quest for Hope: Disadvantaged Group Members Can Fulfill Their Desire to Feel Hope, but Only When They Believe in Their Power

Siwar Hasan-Aslih*, Eric Shuman, Amit Goldenberg, Ruthie Pliskin, Martijn van Zomeren, Eran Halperin

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Abstract

Within contexts of oppression and struggle for social change, in which hope is constantly challenged, do disadvantaged group members still want to feel hope? If so, does this desire translate into actual hope? And does motivation for hope relate to disadvantaged individuals' collective action tendencies? We suggest that, especially when faced with setbacks in the struggle for social change, disadvantaged group members want to feel hope, but actualizing this motivation depends on their group efficacy beliefs. We address these questions in a two-wave sample of 429 Palestinians living under militarized occupation in the West Bank. Our results indicate that when faced with setbacks, Palestinians want to feel hope for social change, but only those who perceive high group efficacy are able to fulfill their desire. We discuss these findings' implications for understanding motivated emotional processes and hope in contexts of oppression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)879-888
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Volume11
Issue number7
Early online date16-Mar-2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Hope
  • emotions
  • motivation
  • oppression
  • efficacy
  • collective action
  • COLLECTIVE ACTION
  • EMOTION
  • CONFLICT
  • EFFICACY
  • SELF
  • WANT
  • PARTICIPATION
  • PLEASURE
  • OPTIMISM
  • VIOLENCE

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