`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.

Realistic Intergroup Conflict: Prejudice, Power, and Protest

Realistic intergroup conflict: Prejudice, power, and protest
Michael J.Platow
John A.Hunter

In this chapter, we will review an approach to the social psychological study of prejudice and discrimination that has, at its roots, a basis in real, material conflicts of interest between various societal groups. This realistic intergroup conflict approach (Campbell, 1965) has, as its starting point, the assumption of the reality of group life and a variety of forms of material competition between groups for needed or desired resources (Sherif, 1966). In this manner, the approach differs from some other explanations outlined in this book by adopting a non-reductionistic approach to prejudice. Prejudice, in the current view, is neither an outcome of intrapsychic properties (e.g., Baumeister et al., 1996; Solomon ...

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