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The concept that of prejudice has profoundly stimulated how now we have investigated, defined and attempted to alter intergroup family members of discrimination and inequality. yet what has this idea contributed to our wisdom of kin among teams and what has it obscured or misrepresented? How has it increased or narrowed the horizons of mental inquiry? How powerful or useless has it been in guiding our makes an attempt to remodel social kin and associations? during this booklet, a group of the world over popular psychologists reassess the idea that of prejudice, in an try to movement past traditional methods to the topic and to assist the reader achieve a clearer realizing of kinfolk inside of and among teams. This clean examine prejudice will attract students and scholars of social psychology, sociology, political technology and peace reviews.

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Rather, it is meant to show, on the one hand, that leadership is critical to an understanding of prejudice, and, on the other, that prejudice may serve as a particularly potent tool of leadership. Keeping outsiders in their place is a good way for leaders to consolidate their own place (and also, although I have had less time to deal with this explicitly, of allowing ordinary group members to maintain their place in the world). Leaders mobilize prejudice, and followers are mobilized to be prejudiced, because important social functions are thereby served.

It is also true at a societal level. When slave traders declared Africans to lack a human soul it was to sustain an inhuman trade (see Fryer, 1984). Or else, when – just after the discovery of gold and diamonds – British colonialists declared black South African pastoralists to be ‘lazy’ it was to justify depriving them of their land and to force them to work underground in the mines (Harsch, 1979). It follows from this that, if it is limiting to think of prejudice as perception, it is equally problematic to judge prejudice in terms of its accuracy.

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