Chapter 6. When Neighbors Blame Neighbors: Scapegoating and the Breakdown of Ethnic Relations

  1. Dr Victoria M. Esses Professor Director Fellow and
  2. Richard A. Vernon Professor
  1. Peter Glick PhD Fellow

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303056.ch6

Explaining the Breakdown of Ethnic Relations: Why Neighbors Kill

Explaining the Breakdown of Ethnic Relations: Why Neighbors Kill

How to Cite

Glick, P. (2008) When Neighbors Blame Neighbors: Scapegoating and the Breakdown of Ethnic Relations, in Explaining the Breakdown of Ethnic Relations: Why Neighbors Kill (eds V. M. Esses and R. A. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303056.ch6

Editor Information

  1. University of Western Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 JUL 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170581

Online ISBN: 9781444303056

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Keywords:

  • scapegoating and breakdown of ethnic relations;
  • societal factors;
  • when neighbors blame neighbors;
  • ideological model of scapegoating;
  • Classic scapegoating theory - origins in Freudian psychology;
  • shared negative events frequently blamed on a group;
  • historical examples of scapegoating;
  • European witchcraft accusations;
  • Rwandan genocide

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “Classic” Scapegoating Theory

  • Ideological Model of Scapegoating

  • Historical Examples

  • Implications and Speculations

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgment

  • References