First published in 1999, this book gives an inventory of factors contributing to ethnic prejudice in seven countries and the role of formal education among them on the basis of national surveys. It appears that education is crucial in all the countries surveyed and contributes to more tolerant views of ethnic and national minorities in Western European countries, Poland and the United States. The positive effects of education, however, do not always counter the negative effects of personality characteristics and conservative values on ethnic prejudice. Moreover, the negative effects of less formal education may be reinforced by perceived economical competition of ethnic minorities and thereby further bolster prejudiced views of the less educated. This indicates that formal education alone is not sufficient to change prejudiced views. Other forms of socialization transmitting values leading to open-mindedness and the ability to secure one's economic position have to support the positive effects of formal education as well.
’…This thoughtful and well-informed book does a wonderful job of elucidating the role of education in the eradication of prejudice and racism…the book will be of immense use to both academics (in psychology, sociology, education and political science) and practitioners (educationalists, teachers and social workers).’ Miles Hewstone, Cardiff University, UK
1. Introduction: A Model of the Effects of Education on Prejudice and Racism, Louk Hagendoorn. 2. Education and Prejudice against Immigrants, Pierangelo Peri. 3. The Effect of Education on the Expression of Negative Views towards Immigrants in France: The Influence of Republican Model Put to the Test, Florence Haegal. 4. ‘Everyday’ Racism in Belgium: An Overview of the Research and an Interpretation of its Link with Education, Hans De Witte. 5. The Impact of Education on Racism in Poland Compared with Other Countries, Alesksandra Jasinska-Kania. 6. Explainging Individual Racial Prejudice in Contemporary Germany, Jurgen R. Winkler. 7. Dynamics of Poltical Values : Education and Issues of Tolerance , Paul Sniderman , Erica R Gould. 8. Education , Attitudes towards Ethnic Minorities and Opposition to Affirmative Action, Genevieve Verberk , Peer Scheepers.
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