Understanding Critical Social Psychology is an exciting new textbook providing a comprehensive and reader-friendly approach to the theories and methods surrounding Critical Social Psychology. This book combines a critical examination of the traditional philosophies, practices and topics with an emphasis on introducing innovative and contemporary developments in social psychological research. In this way, Tuffin integrates newer insights with established modes of thinking.

Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism

Prejudice, discrimination and racism

Overview

Having introduced a social constructionist epistemology and provided readers with a flavour of the interpretive work involved in discursive research, it is the mission of this chapter to apply these understandings to an area that has been of perennial interest to many social psychologists. This chapter will firstly provide a context for considering social psychological approaches to the study of prejudice and racism with a brief history which includes political racism. Mainstream explanations for these topics are reviewed. Social cognition, personality and theories of prejudice based on group membership are considered. Critical social psychologists have also made a major contribution to the study of prejudice, discrimination and racism. In applying the insights of social constructionism to these problems ...

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