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Religion and reducing prejudice

Burch-Brown, Joanna and Baker, William ORCID: 2016. Religion and reducing prejudice. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations 19 (6) , pp. 784-807. 10.1177/1368430216629566

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Drawing on findings from the study of prejudice and prejudice reduction, we identify a number of mechanisms through which religious communities may influence the intergroup attitudes of their members. We hypothesise that religious participation could in principle either reduce or promote prejudice with respect to any given target group. A religious community’s influence on intergroup attitudes will depend upon the specific beliefs, attitudes and practices found within the community, as well as on interactions between the religious community and the larger social environment in which it is embedded. Basing our proposals on findings from the literature on prejudice formation and prejudice reduction allows us to outline useful directions for future studies of religion and prejudice

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: contact hypothesis, group processes, prejudice, prejudice reduction, religion, religiosity, social identity theory
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 23/02/2016)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1368-4302
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 10 December 2015
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 06:43

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