Intergroup Relations

Intergroup Relations

Intergroup Relations

Intergroup Relations

Synopsis

Explores the stereotypes, prejudices, and discriminatory behavior of individuals and the manner in which these cognitions, feelings, and behaviors both affect others and are affected by others. Stephan and Stephan suggest measures to help overcome bias and improve intergroup relations that utilize techniques for eliminating stereotypes, reducing prejudice, and resolving conflicts in real-world situations. Designed to enrich all of our lives by combatting preconceptions, this book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of ourselves and others. The authors look at school desegregation in the United States as an extended case study. Throughout the book, they address social identity theory; culture shock and ethnocentrism; the effectiveness of deterrence, negotiation, mediation, and unilateral de-escalation; as well as the contact hypothesis. This social psychological analysis of intergroup relations is appropriate for undergraduates and graduates in social psychology, sociology, communications, and counseling.

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In recent years racial incidents have become increasingly frequent in the United States. Moreover, they are no longer created solely by a small number of hate groups whose views most Americans reject. Surprisingly, university campuses have become a focus for racial incidents: Racist episodes were reported at more than 300 colleges and universities between 1986 and 1991. For instance, at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, one in five African American students reports some form of racial harassment (Newsweek, 1991).

Race is becoming an increasingly divisive issue in politics, and it was a dominant issue in the 1988 and 1992 national elections in the United States. Further, a 1991 Congressional debate over a proposed civil rights bill provoked heated charges of reverse discrimination and quotas from one side, countered by charges of barely . . .

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