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The Nature of Prejudice: 25th Anniversary Edition Unabridged Edition
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He writes in the Preface to this 1958 book, "The present volume does not pretend to deal with the science of human relations as a whole. It aims merely to clarify one underlying issue---the nature of human prejudice. But this issue is basic, for without knowledge of the roots of hostility we cannot hope to employ our intelligence effectively in controlling its destructiveness."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"Perhaps the briefest of all definitions of prejudice is: thinking ill of others without sufficient warrant." (Pg. 7)
"(W)e note an almost universal principle in respect to overlapping group differences: the diffences within the same group are greater (i.e., the range is wider) than the differences between the averages of the two groups." (Pg. 102)
"Now, what are the facts? Do Negroes, for example, have a distinctive body odor or not? ... (in an experiment) the offensiveness seems to come equally from the sweaty bodies of the two races. Odor is a curious psychological shibboleth. It is made to bear the brunt of intimate subjective feelings (and prejudices), but its role seems primarily to be that of an 'objective' excuse or rationalizer for affective states that are too personal and private to be understood or analyzed in their own right." (Pg. 135-136)
"Even those who favor segregation do not want Negroes to develop their own language or their own laws. They want they to be amalgamated in certain respects. And even those who argue for assimilation may wish to preserve certain pleasant cultural traits---perhaps the cuisine of the French, Negro spirituals, Polish folk dances, St.Read more ›
attitudes and beliefs
acting out prejudice
the separation of human groups
personal values as categories
sex as an in-group
riots and lynching
the essential role of rumor
the neurosis of extreme conformity
social regulation of aggression
cultural devices to ensure loyalty
scapegoats for special occasions
the demagogue as a person
- and so on- it's a chilling but necessary read, and there is great satisfaction in owning the first edition of such and important work.
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I first heard about Gordon W Allport in a Theories of Personality class I recently took. However, it was on the internet where I discovered book The Nature of Prejudice. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Joshua Thomas
Jesse Jackson and his son make me sick! I don't agree with them and how they use politics to hurt African Americans. They oppress them. They don't advance their cause. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Jim R.