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On the Nature of Prejudice: Fifty Years after Allport



On the Nature of Prejudice: Fifty Years after Allport

John F. Dovidio (Editor), Peter Glick (Editor), Laurie A. Rudman (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15192-4 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 488 Pages


On the Nature of Prejudice commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Gordon Allport’s classic work on prejudice and discrimination by examining the current state of knowledge in the field. A distinguished collection of international scholars considers Allport’s impact on the field, reviews recent developments, and identifies promising directions for future investigation. Organized around Allport's central themes, this book provides a state-of-the-art, comprehensive view of where the field has been, where it is now, and where it is going.
List of Contributors.

Foreword by Victoria M. Esses.


1. Introduction: Reflecting on The Nature of Prejudice: Fifty Years after Allport. (John F. Dovidio, Peter Glick and Laurie A. Rudman).

Part I: Preferential Thinking.

2. What is the Problem? Prejudice as an Attitude-in-Context. (Alice H. Eagly and Amanda B. Diekman).

3. Social Cognition and Prejudgment. (Susan T. Fiske).

4. Ingroup Affiliations and Prejudice. (Rupert Brown and Hanna Zagefka).

5. Categorization, Recategorization, and Intergroup Bias. (Samuel L. Gaertner and John F. Dovidio).

6. Paternalism and the "Rejection" of Outgroups. (Mary R. Jackman).

7. Rejection of Women? Beyond Prejudice as Antipathy. (Laurie A. Rudman).

Part II: Group Differences.

8. Group Differences and Stereotype Accuracy. (Charles M. Judd and Bernadette Park).

9. The Psychological Impact of Prejudice. (Brenda Major and S. Brooke Vick).

10. Mechanisms for Coping with Victimization: Self-Protection Plus Self-Enhancement. (James M. Jones).

Part III: Perceiving and Thinking About Group Differences.

11. Cognitive Process: Reality Constraints and Integrity Concerns in Social Perception. (Vincent Yzerbyt and Olivier Cornielle).

12. Linguistic Factors: Antilocutions, Ethnonyms, Ethnophaulisms, and Other Varieties of Hate Speech. (Brian Mullen and Tirza Leader).

13. Stereotypes in Our Culture. John T. Jost (New York University) and David L. Hamilton (University of California, Santa Barbara).

Part IV: Sociocultural Factors.

14. Instrumental Relations Among Groups: Group Competition, Conflict, and Prejudice. (Victoria M. Esses, Lynne M. Jackson, John F. Dovidio, and Gordon Hodson).

15. Choice of Scapegoats. (Peter Glick).

16. Allport's Intergroup Contact Hypothesis: Its History and Influence. (Thomas F. Pettigrew and Linda R. Tropp).

17. Intergroup Contact: When Does it Work, and Why? (Jared B. Kenworthy, Rhiannon N. Turner, Miles Hewstone, Alberto Voci).

Part V. Acquiring Prejudice.

18. Conformity and Prejudice. (Christian S. Crandall and Charles Stangor).

19. The Development of Prejudice in Childhood and Adolescence. (Frances E. Aboud).

20. Breaking the Prejudice Habit: Allport's "Inner Conflict" Revisited. (Patricia G. Devine).

21. Inner Conflict in the Political Psychology of Racism. (David O. Sears).

Part VI. The Dynamics of Prejudice.

22. Aggression, Hatred, and Other Emotions. (Eliot R. Smith and Diane M. Mackie).

23. Allport's "Living Inkblots": The Role of Defensive Projection in Stereotyping and Prejudice. (Leonard S. Newman and Tracy L. Caldwell).

Part VII. Character Structure.

24. Personality and Prejudice. (John Duckitt).

25. Religion and Prejudice. (C. Daniel Batson and E. L. Stocks).

Part VIII. Reducing Group Tensions.

26. Intergroup Relations Program Evaluation. (Walter G. Stephan and Cookie White Stephan).

Author Index.

Subject Index

"To simultaneously take stock of research on prejudice and mark the 50th anniversary of Gordon Allport's The Nature of Prejudice, a prolific group of 44 authors collaborated to produce a set of reviews that will surely guide the next 50 years of prejudice research. The resulting book, On the Nature of Prejudice: Fifty Years After Allport, reveals such a rich sense of dialogue, cooperation, and thoughtful regard for posterity that it reads like no ordinary academic text. Words like “wide-ranging,” “respectful,” “scholarly,” “comprehensive,” and “truly ground-breaking” came to mind as I read deliberations about why Allport's work remains so influential today, the new insights that have emerged in the field, and potential directions for future investigations." PsycCRITIQUES

"This outstanding volume is more than just a well-written and entertaining homage to the work of Gordon Allport, arguably one of the most influential and insightful students of prejudice in the 20th century. In addition, this book has managed to assemble most of the leading scholars in the field and induce them to think clearly and succinctly about our present state of knowledge and to sketch out the several theoretical issues that remain to be clarified by future research. The overall result is a volume that is simply a tour de force and a “must read” for anyone seriously interested in deepening their understanding of the frustratingly complex issues of prejudice and intergroup conflict in the modern world." James Sidanius, UCLA

“Even while acknowledging that Gordon Allport continues to dominate the agenda for prejudice research, this volume's contributions reveal many new insights based on the original and wide-ranging research of the authors - often calling for revision of Allport's thinking.” Anthony G. Greenwald, University of Washington

“The idea of building an edited volume around Allport’s classic book is brilliant, and the timing could not be better.” Marilynn Brewer, Ohio State University

"This book is an impressive addition to the literature in social psychology... certainly an excellent 'one stop-shop' for mainstream social psychology research on prejudice." Kenneth McKenzie, Trinity College, Dublin. Social Psychologyical Review, April 2006

"All in all, there can be no doubt that Gordon Allport laid the foundation for research on prejudice. However, we think the editors and authors of this volume have successfully built on that solid base by adding their own theoretical and empirical layers, ones that further strengthen the field’s knowledge for the future." American Journal of Psychology

  • provides concise and accessible overviews of important topics and issues in the psychological study of prejudice by leading scholars
  • offers critical reflections and new frameworks that have the potential to guide theorizing and research in prejudice and discrimination for decades to come
  • follows Allport’s organization and the chapters reflect directly on issues raised by Allport
  • can be used as a stand-alone text or as a companion to Allport’s The Nature of Prejudice