`This is a comprehensive text that is extremely well written by top social psychologists, with all of the major theoretical perspectives represented. The editors should be commended for putting together this lively and engaging text' - Nyla Branscombe Department of Psychology, University of Kansas A range of international events have recently focused attention on issues of prejudice, racism and social conflict: increasing tensions in former Eastern bloc countries, political conflict in Northern Ireland and the United States, as well as racial conflict in the Baltic States, Middle East, Africa, and Australasia. In light of these events, Understanding Prejudice, Racism and Social Conflict presents a timely and important update to the literature, and will a fascinating textbook for all students who need to study the subject.

Prejudice as a Group Process: The Role of Social Identity

Prejudice as a group process: The role of social identity
Katherine J.Reynolds
John C.Turner

It makes sense to understand prejudice as a group process. Firstly, prejudiced attitudes and actions are shared amongst large social groupings. Secondly, prejudice is directed towards others because of their membership of a particular group (e.g., race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, political affiliation). Thirdly, to the extent that members of a particular group are prejudiced towards members of another group, the relationship between these groups could be an important determining factor. In fact, it could be argued that prejudice is of interest to social scientists, politicians, lawmakers, and members of the community precisely because such attitudes and behaviour are shared by groups of people ...

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