Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 12, 2001 - Psychology - 403 pages
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This volume focuses on two questions: why do people from one social group oppress and discriminate against people from other groups? and why is this oppression so mind numbingly difficult to eliminate? The answers to these questions are framed using the conceptual framework of social dominance theory. Social dominance theory argues that the major forms of intergroup conflict, such as racism, classism and patriarchy, are all basically derived from the basic human predisposition to form and maintain hierarchical and group-based systems of social organization. In essence, social dominance theory presumes that, beneath major and sometimes profound difference between different human societies, there is also a basic grammar of social power shared by all societies in common. We use social dominance theory in an attempt to identify the elements of this grammar and to understand how these elements interact and reinforce each other to produce and maintain group-based social hierarchy.
 

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Contents

From Viciousness to Viciousness Theories of Intergroup Relations
3
Social Dominance Theory A New Synthesis
31
OPPRESSION AND ITS PSYCHOIDEOLOGICAL ELEMENTS
59
The Psychology of Group Dominance Social Dominance Orientation
61
The Power of Consensual Ideology
103
THE CIRCLE OF OPPRESSION THE MYRIAD EXPRESSIONS OF INSTITUTIONAL DISCRIMINATION
127
You Stay in Your Part of Town and Ill Stay in Mine Discrimination in the Housing and Retail Markets
131
Theyre Just Too Lazy to Work Discrimination in the Labor Market
150
OPPRESSION AS A COOPERATIVE GAME
225
Social Hierarchy and Asymmetrical Group Behavior
227
Sex and Power The Intersecting Political Psychologies of Patriarchy and ArbitrarySet Hierarchy
263
Epilogue
299
Notes
311
References
345
Author Index
389
Subject Index
401

Theyre Just Mentally and Physically Unfit Discrimination in Education and Health Care
178
The More of Them in Prison the Better Institutional Terror Social Control and the Dynamics of the Criminal Justice System
202

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