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Description - Understanding Prejudice, Racism and Social Conflict by Martha Augoustinos

'This book stands out for a number of reasons...the result is an authoritative, provocative and challenging collection, which will doubtless help to stimulate further debate in the field' Susan Condor, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University 'The authors are to be commended for assembling an unusually stimulating collection of chapters...the book is clearly distinguished by the breadth of its coverage and the theoretical insights it offers. It is a valuable addition to any collection on this topic' Jack Dovidio, Department of Psychology, Colgate University 'This is a comprehensive text that is extremely well written by top social psychologists, with all of the major theoretical perspectives represented. The editors should be commended for putting together this lively and engaging text' Nyla Branscombe, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas A range of international events have recently focused attention on issues of prejudice, racism and social conflict: increasing tensions in former Eastern bloc countries, political conflict in Northern Ireland and the United States, as well as racial conflict in the Baltic States, Middle East, Africa, and Australasia. In light of these events, Understanding Prejudice, Racism and Social Conflict presents a timely and important update to the literature, and makes a fascinating textbook for all students who need to study the subject. A variety of theoretical and conceptual approaches are necessary to fully understand the themes of prejudice and racism. This textbook successfully presents these, uniquely, by examining how these themes manifest themselves at different levels - at the individual, interpersonal, intergroup and institutional levels. It aims to integrate the different approaches to understanding racism and prejudice and to suggest new ways to study these complex issues. This integrated, international focus should make it key reading for students in many countries. With contributions from world-leading figures, Understanding Prejudice, Racism and Social Conflict should prove to be an invaluable teaching resource, and an accessible volume for students in social psychology, as well as some neighbouring disciplines.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761962083
ISBN-10: 0761962085
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Pages: 362
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Martha Augoustinos

Martha Augoustinos is Professor of Psychology at the University of Adelaide and Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender. At the ANU I am a member of a team of social psychology researchers. My expertise is in investigating the role of the social self or social identity (sense of self as a group member - "we", "us") in shaping people's attitudes, affect and behaviour. Over recent years the focus of my work has been theory-driven research on (a) core organizational topics including leadership, power, diversity, casualization, negotiation and organisational change, (b) understanding the dynamics of social change (intergroup conflict and co-operation, prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination), and (c) the interplay between social identity processes and individual-level functioning (e.g., well-being, performance, personality). A particular strength of this work has been investigating these processes using more naturalistic samples in ACT high schools, community groups, and organisational settings. The research is of interest to a range of policy makers in areas such as educational leadership and school improvement, social norm change in dysfunctional communities, and building social cohesion in the face of ethnic and religious diversity. My research has been published in numerous top-tiered journals including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and European Journal of Social Psychology. It also is supported by numerous large grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and I am currently Chief Investigator on three large ARC grants. In relation to other professional activities I am currently an Associate Editor of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a member of the Governing Council of the International Society of Political Psychology and serve and on numerous other editorial boards (ERSP, BJSP, PP, JASP). My main teaching responsibilities are in the areas of social psychology and organizational psychology. I currently supervise Master and PhD student research projects on understanding personality stability and change, leadership, prejudice reduction, organisational/team functioning, the creation of prejudice through scapegoating, and the formation of social identity.

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