`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 8: Affect, Prejudice, and Discrimination: In the Politics of ‘Gut Feeling’, Feeling Better is What Counts
Affect, Prejudice, and Discrimination: In the Politics of ‘Gut Feeling’, Feeling Better is What Counts
Dating from the general election of March 1996, Australia witnessed a conservative transformation, not unlike those that occurred in Britain, the US, Canada, and New Zealand at earlier dates (Grant, 1997). The rise of a new political independent, Pauline Hanson, and her One Nation Party was the distinctive element. Hanson was elected on an unabashed populist rhetoric in which various minority groups including Aborigines and Asian immigrants came in for hostility and attack (see Lynch and Reavell, 1997). For instance, in her maiden speech to parliament, Hanson spoke of Aborigines as a ‘new privileged ...