“Come and share a story with me”: Promoting engagement between Ethiopian and Non-Ethiopian Israelis via joint digital narratives

Shani Fachter, Gianluca Schiavo, Keren LG. Snider, Alessandro Cappelletti, Oliviero Stock, Patrice L. Weiss, Massimo Zancanaro, Daphna Canetti

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Does building a collaborative digital story lead to reduction of intergroup tension? Studies show that joint storytelling can help reach deeper levels of understanding through exposure to another group's narrative. We hypothesized that engagement in a collaborative digital storytelling task would lead to reductions of negative emotions and attitudes. In our study, dyads of Ethiopian and non-Ethiopian Israelis interacted via a unique digital platform that supports storytelling in a comics-like format aiming to reduce intergroup tension. Their responses to this task were measured before and after the joint activity. Findings showed a decrease in negative emotional states in intergroup contexts (STAI) between pre-and post-intervention for members of both groups, and a slight decrease in negative attitudes toward the out-group. In other words, joint-digital storytelling sessions lead groups in complex relations to be more likely to support engagement. This study has implications for the effect of contact on intergroup tension.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101723
Number of pages15
JournalTechnology in Society
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Migrantech project which was partially funded by the Italian Ministry of International Affairs and International Cooperation (Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale) and the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology under the Bilateral Agreement Programme 2016–2019 (Grant # 3-13328 and Prot. Nr. MAE 0191402016-10-03 ).

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  • Attitudes
  • Conflict
  • Emotions
  • Intergroup tension
  • Joint digital storytelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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