`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 Changing Nature of Racism: From Old to New?1

The changing nature of racism: From old to new?1

The inhabitants of this country are the miserablest people in the world … [they] have no Houses and skin Garments, no Sheep, Poultry, and Fruits of the Earth, Ostrich Eggs etc … and setting aside the Human Shape they differ but little from the Brutes … they have no Cloathes … their only food is a kind of fish … I do not perceive that they did worship anything … But all the signs we could make were to no purpose, for they stood like Statues, with no motion but grinned like so many monkeys. (Captain William Dampier, 1688, cited in Stone, 1974: 15)

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