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Victoria M. Esses, Lynne M. Jackson & Caroline Bennett-AbuAyyash

In: The SAGE Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination

Chapter 14: Intergroup Competition

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Intergroup Competition
Intergroup competition
Abstract

Competition between groups for resources, be they tangible or symbolic in nature, is a fundamental trigger of prejudice and discrimination. Research in this area has shifted from a focus on trying to understand true conflicts of interest between groups to an acknowledgement that perceptions of conflicts of interest are of utmost importance. Recent theory and research in this area can be classified as focusing on more distal, ideological factors versus proximal, situational, an target-relevant factors leading to group conflict. After briefly reviewing the history of research in this area and providing an overview of recent theory and research, we describe the Unified Instrumental Model of Group Conflict that incorporates the variety of factors that have been examined in this context. We then ...

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