`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 Development of Prejudice in Children

The development of prejudice in children

Beginning in the 1930s, a vast amount of research has addressed the development of ethnic prejudice in children, together with related issues such as the acquisition of ethnic awareness, ethnic self-identification, and ethnic stereotyping (see reviews by Aboud, 1988; Brown, 1995; Davey, 1983). Although there is a tendency to think of ethnic prejudice (i.e., unjustified feelings of dislike or hatred towards members of ethnic groups) as an adolescent or adult phenomenon, the extent of interest by researchers in children's prejudice reflects the importance attributed to it. Firstly, there is research suggesting that prejudice may be widespread among school-age children (Aboud, 1988). Secondly, since middle childhood is an important period for the formulation of social ...

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