`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.

The Language of Prejudice and Racism

The Language of Prejudice and Racism

The language of prejudice and racism

This chapter discusses the recent development of discourse analysis in social psychology and the contributions it has made to understanding contemporary prejudice and racism. Discursive psychology is critical of individualistic and social cognitive accounts that conceptualize prejudice and racism primarily as internal psychological states that are located in individuals and groups. Rather, discursive psychology views racism as both interactive and communicative, and as located within the dominant institutional practices and discourses of a society. As we will see, discursive psychology introduces a very different approach to the study of traditional social psychological constructs such as social categorization and stereotyping. Unlike as is the case in social cognition (Fiske and Taylor, 1991), social categories and ...

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