The Social Psychology of Prejudice (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Social Psychology of Prejudice Seeking to provide a comprehensive and concise overview of the nature and causes of prejudice, the author considers the importance of a scientific understanding of prejudice, its conceptualisation, and the relation of prejudice and behaviour.
- Published: 16 June 1992
- Format: Hardback 324 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780275942410 ISBN 10: 0275942414
- Sales rank: 1,373,029
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This volume seeks to provide a comprehensive and concise overview of the nature and causes of prejudice. The importance of a scientific understanding of prejudice, its conceptualization, and the relation of prejudice and behaviour are considered. John Duckitt also contributes a historical analysis of social scientific understandings of prejudice. He integrates an otherwise confusing mass of popular theories and perspectives into a coherent explanatory framework and develops this into a systemic multilevel approach to the problem of reducing prejudice in society and individuals. From Duckitt's perspective, prejudices are remarkable not in their existence, but in their ubiquity - the ease with which they can be aroused, their variety of expression, and the tenacity with which they are held. He demonstrates that, although it is unlikely that the universal psychological processes which underlie a fundamental propensity for prejudice can be changed, the degree to which they come to be expressed can be: at the level of social structure and intergroup relations, in the social influences to which individuals are exposed, and in individual susceptibility. "The Social Psychology of Prejudice" will be of particular interest to social scientists in the fields of psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology.