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The Nature of Prejudice

Society, discrimination and moral exclusion, 1st Edition

By Cristian Tileagă


172 pages

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This book offers a critical synthesis of social psychology’s contribution to the study of contemporary racism, and proposes a critical reframing of our understanding of prejudice in European society today. Chapters place a special emphasis on the diversity and intensity of prejudices against Romani people in a liberal, progressive, decent, enlarged Europe. Chapters ask how we can reconcile the European creed of law, justice and freedom for all, with social and political practices that exclude and degrade Romani people.

This volume addresses the need for a deeper recognition of societal foundations of ideologies of moral exclusion, and calls for a closer and more thorough investigation of prejudices that stem from the societal transformation, diminution or denial of moral worth of human beings (and the various conditions and contexts that create and promote it). By opening new intellectual dialogues, the book reinvigorates a renewed social psychology of racism, and creates a broader foundation for the exploration of the various, active paradoxes at the heart of the social expression of prejudice in liberal democracies.

The Nature of Prejudice is essential reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students interested in both the quantitative and qualitative study of discrimination, inequality and social exclusion.

Table of Contents

1. From antipathy to indignity: a framework for critical analysis 2. Stereotypes, new racism and the changing nature of marginality in Europe 3. Personality and racism as predisposition 4. Social categorization and contexts of social identity 5. The discourse of prejudice: racism as discursive ideology 6. Beyond stereotypes: moral transgression and being ‘out of place’ 7. Dehumanization and moral exclusion 8. Towards a critical social psychology of racism

About the Author


Cristian Tileaga is Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology and member of the Discourse and Rhetoric Group at Loughborough University, UK.

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Explorations in Social Psychology

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology