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The Relational Origins of Prejudice : A Convergence of Psychoanalytic and Social Cognitive Perspectives - Ron B. Aviram

The Relational Origins of Prejudice

A Convergence of Psychoanalytic and Social Cognitive Perspectives

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Published: 16th December 2008
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Prejudice occurs between large groups and is experienced by members of those groups. Within the individual, these large group identifications are integrated into a dimension of the self-concept called collective identity. When collective identity is salient, people tend to perceive themselves and others as large group members, rather than as individuals. At those times, there is less differentiation between the self and the large group. We can say that the person is overidentified with the large group. Prejudice is an outcome of this overidentification. Our effort to understand the problem of prejudice requires that we examine both intrapsychic and environmental factors that may lead to an overidentification. In particular, a relational perspective directs our attention to the relationship between the individual and the large groups that make up his or her collective identity. This is called an ingroup, as opposed to outgroups (not part of one's collective identity). From this perspective, prejudice can be understood to be an aberration between the person and the ingroup, in which an overidentification occurs, rather than a problem between the person and an outgroup. How this occurs developmentally, intrapsychically, and environmentally and affects individuals is the subject of the book. Throughout the book, Aviram integrates empirical work from social psychology with theoretical and clinical examples from psychoanalysis in order to show the potential overlap of concepts used in both disciplines.


Chapter 1
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2
Chapter 2. Major Theories of Prejudice
Chapter 3
Chapter 3. The Group in the Person
Chapter 4
Chapter 4. Object Relations Theory of Prejudice
Chapter 5
Chapter 5. Attachment Theory and Prejudice
Chapter 6
Chapter 6. Society in the Consulting Room
Chapter 7
Chapter 7. The Relational Origins of Prejudice

ISBN: 9780765706294
ISBN-10: 0765706296
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 16th December 2008
Publisher: University Press of America