Prejudiced Communication: A Social Psychological Perspective

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Guilford Press, Apr 1, 2001 - Psychology - 240 pages
This volume offers a social psychological perspective on many different forms of prejudiced communication, including derogatory group labels, condescending verbal and nonverbal behavior, hostile humor, and skewed portrayals of outgroup members in the news and entertainment media. The author illuminates the functions that these behaviors serve for individuals, groups, and entire cultures, and examines how they contribute to the perpetuation of stereotypes, discrimination, and status differences. Also discussed are the strengths and limitations of various approaches to reducing prejudiced communication in its subtle and not-so-subtle forms. The book is filled with thought-provoking examples drawn from everyday life.

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The What and Why
Language That Divides
Developing and Using Shared Stereotypes
Talking Down to Outgroup Members
Preferred Cultural Patterns and Nonverbal Behavior
The News Media
The Culture of Prejudice
What Is Known and What Is Unknown

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Janet B. Ruscher, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tulane University. She earned both an MS degree and a PhD in social psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she also received the student publication award from Division 8 of the American Psychological Association. Her work at the University of Massachusetts, with Susan Fiske, initially focused on the relation between stereotyping and competitive interdependence, while later work focused on stigma and decisions about discontinuing interdependence. Her current research interests lie primarily with stereotyping and prejudice in everyday communication. Dr. Ruscher's recent empirical work has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and the Journal of Language and Social Psychology. An integrative review of her research on prejudiced communication appeared in the 1998 volume of Advances in Experimental Social Psychology.

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