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Stereotypes and Prejudice

Key Readings, 1st Edition

Edited by Charles Stangor

Psychology Press

502 pages

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This book contains a collection of classic and contemporary readings that have contributed to our understanding of stereotypes and prejudice from a social-psychological perspective. The selected readings all make an important theoretical contribution, but have also been chosen with an eye on their accessibility and appeal to students.

The volume also includes an overall review of the current state of knowledge in the field, discussion questions, and a list of relevant references. It will be ideal for courses on prejudice.


"'This text is engagingly written and well-organized. The author has deep expertise in this area, and the book represents considerable breadth and appropriate depth.'." -- John F. Dovidio, Colgate University

"'This is obviously going to be extremely useful for students and researchers interested in this very important field. The author - himself a major contributor to scholarship on the topic - has done a very good job in capturing the state of play in the field.'." -- S. Alexander Haslam, Australian National University

"'To summarize the vast literature on stereotyping and prejudice in one chapter and to provide a list of key readings is an almost impossible job. Nevertheless, in his introductory chapter, Stangor does an admirable job of introducing students to the relevant issues, and does so in an easy-going and engaging manner.'." -- Neil Macrae, University of Bristol

"'This is an excellent and highly informative book. Stangor has breathed new life into the topic of sterotypes and prejudice.'." -- Karen Officer, James Watt College, Kilwinning

Table of Contents

C. Stangor, Volume Overview. Part I: Conceptualizing Stereotypes and Prejudice. G. Allport, The Nature of Prejudice. H. Tajfel & J. Forgas, Social Categorization: Cognitions, Values, and Groups. C. Stangor & M. Schaller, Stereotypes as Individual and Collective Representations. Part II: Measuring Stereotypes and Prejudice. P. Devine & A. Elliot, Are Racial Stereotypes Really Fading? A. Eagly & A. Mladinic, Gender Stereotypes and Attitudes toward Women and Men. I. Katz & R. Hass, Racial Ambivalence and American Value Conflict: Correlational and Priming Studies of Dual Cognitive Structures. L. Lepore & R. Brown, Category and Stereotype Activation: Is Prejudice Inevitable. Part III: How do Stereotypes Develop? A. Eagly & V. Steffen, Gender Stereotypes from the Distribution of Women and Men into Social Roles. D. Hamilton & R. Gifford, Illusory Correlation in Interpersonal Perception: A Cognitive Basis of Stereotypic Judgments. S. Fein & S. Spencer, Prejudice as Self-Image Maintenance: Affirming the Self through Derogating Others. A. Maass, D. Salvi, L. Arcuri, & G. Semin, Language Use in Intergroup Contexts: The Linguistic Intergroup Bias. Part IV: Why are Stereotypes Maintained Even When They are Inaccurate? J. Darley & P. Gross, A Hypothesis-Confirming Bias in Labeling Effects. C. Word, M. Zanna, & J. Cooper, The Nonverbal Mediation of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in Interracial Interaction. C. Miller, E. Rothblum, D. Felicio, & P. Brand, Compensating for Stigma: Obese and Nonobese Women's reactions to being Visible. Part V: When do We Use Stereotypes? G. V. Bodenhausen, Stereotypes as Judgemental Heuristics: Evidence of Circadian Variations in Discrimination. F. Pratto, J. Sidanius, L. Stallworth, & B. Malle, Social Dominance Orientation: A Personality Variable Predicting Social and Political Attitudes. S. Gaertner & J. Dovidio, The Aversive Form of Racism. M. Monteith, P. Devine, & J. Zuwerink, Self-Directed versus Other-Directed Affect as a Consequence of Prejudice-Related Discrepancies. Part VI: The Impact of Stereotypes and Prejudice. B. Simon & R. Brown, Perceived Intragroup Homogeneity in Minority-Majority Contexts. S. Fiske, D. Bersoff, E. Borgida, K. Deaux, and M. Heilman, Social Science Research on Trial: The Use of Sex Stereotyping Research in Price Waterhouse vs. Hopkins. J. Crocker, K. Voelkl, M. Testa, & B. Major, Social Stigma: The Affective Consequences of Attributional Ambiguity. C. Steele & J. Aronson, Stereotype Threat and the Intellectual Test Performance of African-Americans. Part VII: Improving Intergroup Perceptions and Behavior. M. Hewstone, Contact and Categorization: Social Psychological Interventions to Change Intergroup Relations. M. Rothbart & O. John, Social Categorization and Behavioral Episodes: A Cognitive Analysis of the Effects of Intergroup Contact. S. Gaertner, J. Dovidio, A. Murrell, & M. Pomare, How does Cooperation Reduce Intergroup Bias?

About the Series

Key Readings in Social Psychology

Given the need to be selective and to provide a coherent perspective on each theme within a single book, the editors have generally tackled a difficult brief extremely well. The breadth and depth make a volume suitable for use in many final-year and masters-degree courses in social psychology. It also provides an ideal introduction to top-level original research articles that should motivate students to pursue the current literature in a more targeted way. […] This is an excellent series that will provide an invaluable compendium of the themes that have dominated the 20th Century.” - Diane Houston, University of Kent, in the Times Higher Education Supplement

The aim of the series is to make available to senior undergraduate and graduate students key articles in each area of social psychology in an attractive, user-friendly format.

Many professors want to encourage their students to engage directly with research in their fields, yet this can often be daunting for students coming to detailed study of a topic for the first time.

Moreover, declining library budgets mean that articles are not always readily available, and course packs can be expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Key Readings in Social Psychology aims to address this need by providing comprehensive volumes, each one of which is edited by a senior and active researcher in the field.

Articles are carefully chosen to illustrate the way the field has developed historically as well as current issues and research directions.

Each volume has a similar structure that includes:

  • An overview chapter, as well as introduction to sections and articles;
  • Questions for class discussion;
  • Annotated bibliographies;
  • Full author and subject indices;
  • The article How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology, especially prepared for this series by Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology