1st Edition

Prejudiced Communication
A Social Psychological Perspective



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ISBN 9781572306387
Published August 15, 2001 by Guilford Press
240 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The What and Why of Prejudiced Communication. 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. Afterword: What Is Known and What Is Unknown.

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'This book is a 'must have' for researchers and students who are interested in contemporary theories of prejudice. The book contains a massive amount of useful information about the social transmission and cultural impact of prejudice. It is well organized and filled with engaging examples of how we (explicitly and implicitly) share our prejudices with others. In addition to being a good read, this is a scholarly and complete reference work - an outstanding source of information about such topics as sexist humor, media stereotypes, and hateful speech. For almost any reader, this book is likely to add to their understanding of this important topic to provide inspiration for their work.' - Charles Stangor, PhD, University of Maryland

'Timely, thorough, and very interesting. The breadth of coverage is impressive, ranging from the expressions that people share in informal conversation to the choices that media managers make in television news coverage....Readers will learn a lot not only about interpersonal communication processes, but also about the underlying cognitive processes that influence communication. This book will be a terrifically useful reference for psychologists, as well as scholars in communication, media studies, and sociology. I can't think of a better sourcebook on this domain of scholarly research. It will also serve as an ideal primary text for any graduate or advanced undergraduate psychology course on communication and prejudice, and a great supplemental text for a range of other courses.' - Mark Schaller, PhD, University of British Columbia

'This is an engaging overview of the way prejudice is communicated from person to person, as well as from the mass media to the public. Ruscher reviews research from several disciplines (including experimental social psychology and communication sciences) to examine such questions as how stereotypes come to be shared, and how prejudice is communicated by nonverbal as well as verbal behavior. The volume will be useful to those who research prejudice, stereotyping, and mass communication in outlining the next useful set of questions for our fields. I can't wait to use this book in my next undergraduate seminar in stereotyping or prejudice.' - Felicia Pratto, PhD, University of Connecticut