`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.
Chapter 15: Reducing Prejudice: An Historical and Multi-Level Approach
Reducing Prejudice: An Historical and Multi-Level Approach
Prejudice has been a distinctively twentieth-century concept in several interesting respects. Firstly, the idea of prejudice as a social scientific concept and a social problem simply did not exist prior to the twentieth century. During the nineteenth century and even the early decades of the twentieth, negative and derogatory racial attitudes were seen as basically natural responses by advanced Western peoples to backward colonial peoples. It was only in the aftermath of the First World War that the concept of prejudice became widely adopted to express what had only then come to be seen as profoundly unfair and irrational negative attitudes to culturally different peoples and national minorities. Secondly, once the concept ...