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.

Topics include:

  • 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.

Table of Contents



  1. Defining Prejudice
  2. Defining Differences
  3. Evolutionary and Psychodynamic Approaches to Prejudice
  4. Ideology and Prejudice
  5. Development of Prejudice in Children
  6. Intergroup Relations and Prejudice
  7. Cognitive, Affective, and Interactive Processes of Prejudice
  8. Toward a Wider Lens: Prejudice and the Natural World
  9. Reducing Prejudice and Promoting Social Change



About the Author

Author Bio

Lynne M. Jackson, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at King's University College, University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada.

Her research on intergroup relations examines links between prejudice and people's relation with the natural world, the nature and causes of prejudice between religious groups, and the role of group competition over resources in generating ethnic prejudice. She has also conducted research on contemporary sexism, the role of prejudice in jury selection, adult life transitions, and hypnosis.

She teaches courses related to diversity and prejudice, psychology of religion, and human–animal relationships, as well as introductory psychology.

She lives on a farm near Melbourne, Ontario, with her husband and their many four legged friends.

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