DescriptionSYNTHESIS ESSAY OUTLINE:
RECONCILIATION MAY NOT BE
Use this if you do not believe in reconciliation
The topic: genocide
The context: definition – historical background – different
The thesis: Reconciliation may not be achieved due to extreme
socioeconomic inequalities and destructive victim beliefs.
BODY SECTION ONE: THE FACTORS
THAT LEAD TO GENOCIDE
Write one paragraph on the factors
that lead to genocide
BODY SECTION 2 – MAIN POINT 1:
The first reason why reconciliation after genocide may never take
place is socioeconomic inequality.
Overall, lack of equal opportunities and extremely difficult life
conditions prevent restoration of peace.
BODY SECTION 3 – MAIN POINT 2:
DESTRUCTIVE VICTIM BELIEFS
• The second main reason that reconciliation may not be achieved
is destructive victim beliefs.
It is therefore apparent that collective victim consciousness is so
deeply-rooted that it may never be overcome.
OPPOSITE VOICE PARAGRAPH
Of course, there are circumstances that…
The Synthesis Essay
Factors Leading to Genocide
Classification, Devaluation, Group Trauma, Collective Victim
Consciousness… (Stanton 1, Staub 577-8, Vollhardt 136-42)
Difficult Life Conditions, Radical Changes, Passive Bystanding (Staub
Tools Contributing to Reconciliation (to be mainly used if you believe that
reconciliation is possible)
Using Constructive Beliefs (Vollhardt 144-5)
Educating Society and Leaders (Staub 582-3)
Providing Justice (Staub 584-5)
Social Work Projects (Truell)
Factors Preventing Reconciliation (to be mainly used if you believe that
reconciliation is not possible)
Continuous exploitation (Lukunka 317)
Destructive Victim Beliefs (Vollhardt 136-142)
Discrimination and invisibility/exclusion (Staub 577-78; Lukunka 317-18;
Bipolar societies, negative intergroup emotions, hatred, fear (Bar-Tal 6972)
The above factors and tools are only indicative of what needs to be included in the
synthesis essay. You can use all of them or some of them. You can also add other
factors from the given sources. You can change the order or the categories. Feel free
to use anything that you consider suitable for your content and style.
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