`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.

Studying Psychology Studying Racism

Studying psychology studying racism

The Reason for Study

Racism in Action

Onissim Burawoy, my mother's father, was very proud of his three birthdays – one more than the Queen, he used to say. The first two are explained by the fact that he was born in pre-revolutionary Russia which was still ruled by the old Julian calendar. When the Bolsheviks came to power and adopted the modern Gregorian calendar instead, his birthday shifted by the thirteen days difference between the two systems. The third birthday is somewhat more relevant to the theme of this book, since it tells us something about the nature of racism.

When Onissim was still quite young, the family moved to Germany, partly in order to escape the anti-semitic pogroms that ...

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