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An analysis of Gordon Allport's : the nature of prejudice, Alexander O'Connor

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An analysis of Gordon Allport's : the nature of prejudice
Title
An analysis of Gordon Allport's
Title remainder
the nature of prejudice
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Alexander O'Connor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"With his 1954 book The Nature of Prejudice, American psychologist Gordon Allport displays the crucial skill of reasoning, producing and organizing an argument that was persuasive enough to have a major impact not only in universities, but also on government policy. The question that Allport tackled was an old one: why are people so disposed to prejudice against those from other groups? Earlier psychologists had suggested a number of reasons, especially in the case of racial prejudice. Some had suggested that racism was a learned behaviour, conditioned by negative experiences of other races; others that there was an objective rationale to negative racial stereotypes. Allport, however, reasoned that prejudice is essentially a by-product of the necessary mental shortcuts the human brain uses to process the vast amount of information it takes in. Because our brains want to use as little effort as possible, they regularly fall back on simple stereotypes--which easily generate prejudice. Gathering strong evidence for this hypothesis, he reasoned, clearly and persuasively, that our natural cognitive approach is the most significant factor in accounting for prejudice. Going further still, Allport also reasoned that, once this was better understood, social scientists would be able to influence policy-makers to curb discrimination by law."--Provided by publisher
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O'Connor, Alexander,
Dewey number
155.2092
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Macat Library
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  • Allport, Gordon W.
  • Prejudices
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An analysis of Gordon Allport's : the nature of prejudice, Alexander O'Connor
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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on1002025096
Extent
1 online resource (94 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351351461
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Taylor & Francis
Other physical details
illustrations, tables
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)1002025096
Label
An analysis of Gordon Allport's : the nature of prejudice, Alexander O'Connor
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
on1002025096
Extent
1 online resource (94 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351351461
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other physical details
illustrations, tables
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1002025096

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