Outsider by Paul M. Sniderman
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The Outsider

Prejudice and Politics in Italy

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Outsider by Paul M. Sniderman

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One of the most wide-ranging studies of prejudice undertaken in a decade, The Outsider combines new research methods and rich analysis to upend many of our assumptions about prejudice. Noting that hostility toward immigrants has been on the rise throughout Western Europe, Paul Sniderman and his team conduct the first study of prejudice in Italy and offer insights applicable to nearly all countries worldwide. The study of prejudice, they argue, has been both stimulated and limited by tensions among partial theories. Prejudice and group conflict are said to be rooted in the psychological makeup of individuals, or alternatively, to spring from real competition over material goods or social status, or yet again, to follow in the wake of a quest for identity. It is the distinctive effort of The Outsider to develop a unified theory of prejudice integrating personality, realistic conflict, and social identity approaches. Drawing on computer-assisted interviewing, this book focuses on Italy partly because it has experienced two different waves of immigration, from Northern Africa and Eastern Europe, and thus allows one to consider to what extent the color of immigrants' skin imposes a special burden of prejudice. Italy is also an apt site for the study of intolerance because of long-standing prejudices that have existed internally, between Northern and Southern Italians. The book's findings show that any point of difference--color, nationality, or language--marks the immigrant as an outsider. The fact of difference, not the particular mode of difference, is crucial. Moreover, the general election of 1994 provided a rare opportunity to investigate the political impact of prejudice when the party system was itself in the process of transformation. The authors uncover a potential line of cleavage: rather than prejudice being concentrated on the political right, it has a wide following among the less educated of the political left. Analyzing the contributions of personality, social-structural factors, and political orientation to the wave of intolerance toward immigrants, The Outsider offers unprecedented insights into the phenomenon of prejudice and its link to politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691094977
ISBN-10: 0691094977
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Paul M. Sniderman

Paul M. Sniderman is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of the widely influential "The Scar of Race," coauthored with Thomas Piazza, and "Reaching Beyond Race," among other books. Pierangelo Peri is Titular Lecturer of Methodology and Technics of Social Research at the University of Trento. Rui J. P. de Figueiredo, Jr., is Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Thomas Piazza is Senior Survey Statistician at the Survey Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

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