Beyond Prejudice: Extending the Social Psychology of by John Dixon, Mark Levine

Beyond Prejudice: Extending the Social Psychology of by John Dixon, Mark Levine

By John Dixon, Mark Levine

The concept that of prejudice has profoundly motivated how we've got investigated, defined and attempted to alter intergroup family of discrimination and inequality. yet what has this idea contributed to our wisdom of relatives among teams and what has it obscured or misrepresented? How has it extended or narrowed the horizons of mental inquiry? How powerful or useless has it been in guiding our makes an attempt to rework social relatives and associations? during this publication, a workforce of across the world popular psychologists re-examine the idea that of prejudice, in an try and stream past traditional techniques to the topic and to assist the reader achieve a clearer realizing of kin inside of and among teams. This clean examine prejudice will attract students and scholars of social psychology, sociology, political technological know-how and peace reports.

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11). Prejudice, that is, reveals to us something about its author, but not about its target. Psychology played a fundamental part in this shift, and one text above all served to underpin it: Gordon Allport’s The Nature of Prejudice, first published in 1954. As Pettigrew observed in his tribute to Allport twenty years after his death, ‘[the book] has organized the study of prejudice over the past 50 years’ (1999, p. 415). The book is immensely readable (and should be read in the original). It is full of sparkling insights with which contemporary research, even half a century later, has still not caught up.

Thus, even without mention of an outgroup, the way we define ourselves – what are the boundaries of the ingroup, who belongs and who doesn’t belong – determines who reaps the various benefits of group membership. There is, by now, a substantial literature that documents how we tend to relate more positively to those we regard as fellow group members. We feel closer to them, trust and respect them more, cooperate with them, help them, support them (see Reicher and Haslam, 2009 for a review). This means that all those placed outside the group boundary are denied these positives: they are trusted, respected and helped less.

That is, any powerful argument alters the context in which it is expressed and therefore creates the terms of its own transcendence. The position I shall advance would not have been possible without the tradition that Allport initiated. My criticism should therefore be seen as much a recognition of (and tribute to) that work as an argument against it. In essence my argument is that the current ‘paradigm of prejudice’ views the problem as resulting from the distorted and negative perceptions that ordinary members of a dominant group hold about ordinary members of subordinate groups.

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