This book provides an accessible yet scholarly review of social psychological theory on prejudice with the goal of integrating recent theories about its causes and introducing emerging trends in the area.
- Essentialist and social constructivist approaches to understanding differences
- Evolutionary and psychodynamic explanations of prejudice
- Theories of ideology, intergroup relations, and the development of prejudice in children
- Cognitive processes and social neuroscience
- Links among prejudice, religion, environmental issues, and speciesism
In addition to its rich theoretical content, the book reviews research on reducing prejudice, with an emphasis on intergroup and institutional strategies. It also discusses collective action to promote social justice and the difficult question of the possible drawbacks of prejudice reduction.
With its thoughtfully selected reviews, numerous real-life examples, and novel content, this book will appeal to students and their educators, as well as researchers surveying or investigating the field of prejudice and diversity.