`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 5: The Socialization of Tolerance
The Socialization of Tolerance
Given the multicultural nature of Australian society and the level of ethnic conflict worldwide, the need for tolerance of racial and ethnic difference is blatantly clear. This chapter reviews research exploring the existence of tolerance among children and adolescents and the processes related to the development of tolerance. The area is a complex one and has been approached from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, resulting in many diverging findings. We first discuss some complex definitional issues surrounding tolerance, intending to alert the reader to the differing conceptual and measurement approaches used by researchers, which contribute to the lack of agreement in findings.
We then review research concerning young children's tolerance. Despite the prevailing view that prejudice is ...