Intergroup Relations

Intergroup Relations

Intergroup Relations

Intergroup Relations


Praise for the first edition:

"...manages to integrate theory, research, and illustration very nicely...all in all an excellent piece of work." - Michael Hogg, University of Queensland

"...extremely contemporary in its coverage and yet it introduces the classic works as well. The balance here is perfect..." - Samuel Gaertner, University of Delaware

• What are the origins of individals' identification with groups?

• What are the causes and consequences of the distinction between different groups?

• How can intergroup conflict be reduced, whilst maintaining group loyalty and community?

The first edition of Intergroup Relations, co-authored with Norman Miller, received considerable critical acclaim. In this fully revised edition, Marilynn Brewer has added new research and ideas to provide an up-to-date and invaluable resource for all those concerned with this key area of social psychology. It is clearer than ever that group identities play a major role in human behaviour, impelling heroic action on behalf of ingroups, as well as horrific atrocities against designated outgroups. Revisions have been made that reflect the relevance of recent international events and the social psychological approaches that can illuminate and explain them. Social psychological understanding of these processes has grown as the study of intergroup relations takes centre stage within the discipline, making this a topical and timely new edition for undergraduate courses in social psychology and the wider social sciences.


When Norman Miller and I wrote the first edition of this volume, the social psychology of intergroup relations had just emerged from a period of relative neglect in the social sciences and in society at large. The era of the 'Cold War' during the 1960s and 1970s focused attention on relations between the two political superpowers in the world, and other forms of regional, religious and ethnic intergroup conflict were either ignored or believed to be largely resolved. By 1990 this complacency had been shattered. The demise of the Soviet Union and the apparent resurgence of ethnic conflicts throughout the world gave rise to the idea that local group loyalties and intergroup hostilities were never far below the surface. The media began talking about the 'new tribalism' that seemed to be emerging everywhere. As public interest in these issues grew, so did the resurgence of interest in theory and research on intergroup relations within social psychology, in Europe and in the USA.

The first edition attempted to capture much of this explosion of new work in the field. Even when the focus of theory and research has not been on the study of intergroup relations directly, social psychology's goal of understanding the links between individuals and social groups has produced a wealth of knowledge about the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of perceptions, attitudes and behaviours towards one's own and other groups. The purpose of the book was to review and highlight those contributions from social psychological research.

At the turn of the millennium, concern about issues of intergroup relations has become even more intense for social scientists and lay persons alike. In addition to organized conflict carried on by nations against nations, states against subgroups within their own populations, and ethnic and religious conflicts within nations, acts of international terrorism by small groups of extremists have riveted attention and concern across the globe. It is more clear than ever that group identities play a major role in human behaviour – impelling heroic action on behalf of ingroups, as well as horrific atrocities against designated outgroups. Social psychological . . .

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