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Improving Intergroup Relations: Building on the Legacy of Thomas F. Pettigrew

Ulrich Wagner (Editor), Linda Tropp (Editor), Gillian Finchilescu (Editor), Colin Tredoux (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-6972-1
344 pages
August 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Improving Intergroup Relations focuses on emerging research directions for improving intergroup relations, a field which has been largely influenced and inspired by the life contributions of Thomas F. Pettigrew. The book

* Contains 18 original articles written in an accessible style by experts in psychology and related disciplines

* Suggests practical strategies for improving intergroup relations

* Looks at intergroup relations from the early influence of Dr. Pettigrew and how his seminal work has fostered many new developments in the field

* Explores the implications of intergroup research for the promotion of social change
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Table of Contents.

1. Editor’s Introduction: Ulrich Wagner (Philipps-University Marburg), Linda R. Tropp (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Gillian Finchilescu (University of the Witwatersrand), and Colin Tredoux (University of Cape Town).

2. Thomas F. Pettigrew: Building on the Scholar-Activist Tradition in Social Psychology: Frances Cherry (Carleton University).

Part I: Exploring the Causes of Prejudice and Discrimination:.

3. From Lewin and Allport to Pettigrew: Modern Practical Theories: Susan T. Fiske (Princeton University).

4. Rediscovering the Emotional Aspect of Prejudice and Intergroup Behavior: Eliot R. Smith (Indiana University, Bloomington).

5. The Role of Threat in Intergroup Relations: Walter G. Stephan (Emeritus, New Mexico State University), C. Lausanne Renfro (New Mexico State University) and Mark D. Davis (University of West Alabama).

Part II: Functions of intergroup contact in improving intergroup relations:.

6. From When to Why: Understanding How Contact Reduces Bias: John F. Dovidio (Yale University), Samuel L. Gaertner (University of Delaware), Tamar Saguy (University of Connecticut), and Samer Halabi (Zfat College).

7. The Role of Trust in Intergroup Contact: Its Significance and Implications for Improving Relations Between Groups: Linda R. Tropp (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).

8. The Impact of Direct and Extended Cross-Group Friendships on Improving Intergroup Relations: Christiana Vonofakou (University of Oxford), Miles Hewstone (University of Oxford), Alberto Voci (University of Padua), Stefania Paolini (University of Newcastle), Rhiannon Turner (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom), Nicole Tausch (University of Oxford), Tania Tam (Legal Services Research Centre), Jake Harwood (University of Arizona) and Ed Cairns (University of Ulster).

Part III: Intergroup Relations and Reflections on One’s Own Group Membership:.

9. Ingroup and Outgroup Contact: A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Cross-Ethnic Friendships, Dates, Roommate Relationships and Participation in Segregated Organisations: Colette van Laar (Leiden University, The Netherlands), Shana Levin (Claremont McKenna College), and Jim Sidanius (Harvard University).

10. Extended Contact and Including Others in the Self: Building on the Allport/Pettigrew Legacy: Stephen C. Wright (Simon Fraser University), Arthur Aron (State University of New York, Stony Brook), and Salena M. Brody (Collins County Community College).

11. Deprovincialization: Social Identity Complexity and Outgroup Acceptance: Marilynn B. Brewer (Ohio State University).

Part IV: Focusing on social context in improving intergroup relations:.

12. Intergroup Contact, Social Context and Racial Ecology in South Africa: Gillian Finchilescu (University of the Witwatersrand) and Colin Tredoux (University of Cape Town).

13. Social and Political Context Effects on Intergroup Contact and Intergroup Attitudes: Ulrich Wagner (Philipps-University, Marburg), Oliver Christ (Philipps-University Marburg and University of Bielefeld), Hinna Wolf (Philipps-University Marburg), Rolf van Dick (Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt), Jost Stellmacher (Philipps-University Marburg), Elmar Schlüter (Philipps-University Marburg), and Andreas Zick (University of Bielefeld).

14. Positive Intergroup Relations: From Reduced Outgroup Rejection to Outgroup Support: Kai Jonas and Amelie Mummendey (both University of Jena).

Part V: Intergroup Relations as a Commitment to Social Change:.

15. Feeling Relative Deprivation: The Rocky Road from Comparisons to Actions: Heather Smith (Sonoma State University) and Iain Walker (Murdoch University).

16. Bridging Individual and Social Change in International Conflict: Contextual Social Psychology in Action: Herbert C. Kelman (Emeritus, Harvard University).

17. School Desegregation Research: Outcomes, Historical Trends and Issues Affecting its Usefulness in Policy and Practice: Janet Ward Schofield (University of Pittsburgh).

Part VI: Final Reflections:.

18. Reflections on Core Themes in Intergroup Research: Thomas F. Pettigrew (University of California, Santa Cruz).

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Ulrich Wagner is Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Center for Conflict Studies at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany.


Linda R. Tropp is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Concentration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States.


Gillian Finchilescu is Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.





Colin Tredoux is Professor of Psychology, and Head of Department, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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  • Contains 18 original articles written in an accessible style by experts in psychology and related disciplines
  • Focuses on emerging research directions for improving intergroup relations, as well as practical strategies
  • Looks at intergroup relations from the early influence of Dr. Pettigrew and how his seminal work has fostered many new developments in the field
  • Explores the implications of intergroup research for the promotion of social change
See More

“Policymakers and practictioners will likely find the descriptions of the research accessible and meaningful.”  (Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 17 October 2013)

”Each chapter in Improving Intergroup Relations is concise and readable and reports on exciting research findings in the field of intergroup relations.” (PsycCRITIQUES, April 2009)

"Tom Pettigrew’s research and writing has had a major impact on our understanding of prejudice, its causes and cures. This remarkable volume is both a tribute to Pettigrew’s influence and an extension of its reach. A must read for anyone interested in intergroup relations." Elliot Aronson, author of The Social Animal, Nobody Left to Hate, and Mistakes were Made (But Not By Me)

"This remarkable book brings together the world’s leading scholars of intergroup relations to pay tribute to the seminal work of Thomas Pettigrew, and in so doing to derive essential lessons for academics, politicians, and the public in general."
Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University

"Tribute and treat, this exciting collection celebrates social psychologist Tom Pettigrew’s great impact on our understandings of prejudice, discrimination, and intergoup contact. Highly readable articles integrate well, offering a well-etched portrait of Pettigrew’s many contributions to research on racial emotions, intergroup adaptation, deprovincialization of ingroups, and context effects. Once expelled from school for standing up to a bigoted teacher, Pettigrew’s scholar-activist commitments to eradicating racism have been influential and equal to those of any social scientist of the last half century."
Joe R. Feagin, Texas A & M University

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