Personality and Social Psychology
II. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
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Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition
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Biernat, M. and Danaher, K. 2012. Prejudice. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 5:II:16.
- Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
Prejudice is generally conceptualized as a negative attitude toward a group and its members. This chapter reviews the psychological literature on prejudice by considering theoretical and empirical approaches that emphasize intergroup, normative, evolutionary, and/or motivational factors as contributors to prejudice, as well as more complex conceptualizations of prejudice that go beyond the mere antipathy view. We also review several approaches to reducing prejudice, including intergroup contact, common ingroup identity and dual identity, perspective taking and empathy, and a variety of explicit debiasing approaches. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the target's perspective on prejudice, emphasizing the negative consequences of stereotype threat, the processes by which prejudice is perceived, and the consequences of perceiving and confronting prejudice for the target.
- intergroup relations;
- prejudice reduction