Moving Beyond Prejudice Reduction: Pathways to Positive Intergroup Relations

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Linda R. Tropp, Robyn K. Mallett
American Psychological Association, Jan 1, 2011 - Psychology - 272 pages
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This edited volume moves beyond social psychology's traditional focus on prejudice reduction, to explore novel approaches to improving relations and fostering empathy between members of socially dominant "ingroups" and oppressed/victimized "outgroups." Moving Beyond Prejudice Reduction examines the dynamics of attitudinal change from the individual to the group levels and proposes a proactive analytical framework that scholars and researchers on ethnic/racial identity, intergroup contact, and social conflict can use to improve relations between groups. The contributors to this volume explore these issues across three theoretical and conceptual dimensions: reconceptualizing how we think about intergroup attitudes, examining motivations and expectations across group boundaries, and promoting closeness and inclusion in cross-group relationships. The book's final grouping of chapters applies these concepts to forgiveness, reparation, and reconciliation among different ethnopolitical groups in postconflict societies. Specific case studies include Arab-Israeli relations and post-Pinochet Chile.

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What Can Tolerance Teach Us About Prejudice?
Motivations and Expectations Across Group Boundaries
Goal Orientations
Closeness and Inclusion in CrossGroup Relationships
Friendship and Social Interaction
Is Multiculturalism Bad for African Americans?
Applications to Postconflict Reconciliation
Promoting Intergroup Reconciliation
Positive Thoughts About Positive Approaches
About the Editors

About the author (2011)

Biren (Ratnesh) A. Nagda received his Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the Intergroup Dialogue, Education and Action (IDEA) Center at the University of Washington. He co-developed the intergroup dialogue model for college students while doing his doctorate work at the University of Michigan. His research and teaching interests focus on cultural diversity and social justice, intergroup dialogue, and empowerment-oriented social work practice and education. He is the recipient of numerous departmental and university-wide teaching awards, including the 2001 University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award.

Linda R. Tropp received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boston College and a member of the Governing Council of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Her main research programs concern expectations for and outcomes of intergroup contact among members of minority and majority status groups, group membership and identification with social groups, and responses to prejudice and disadvantage among members of socially devalued groups. She received the 2003 Gordon W. Allport Intergroup Relations Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues for her paper A Meta-Analytic Test and Reformulation of Intergroup Contact Theory (co-authored with Thomas F. Pettigrew).

Elizabeth Levy Paluck, M.S., is a doctoral candidate in the Psychology Department at Yale University. Her research interestsinclude gender, intergroup bias, prejudice, and conflict, and research methodology for the evaluation of social programs. Her dissertation reviews evidence for the efficacy of prejudice reduction techniques in the laboratory and in the field. She is currently conducting three field experiments evaluating the impact of three different prejudice reduction interventions in the US and in Rwanda.

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