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The challenge and the promise: A critical analysis of prejudice in intergroup attribution research

Guilfoyle, Andrew Michael (2000) The challenge and the promise: A critical analysis of prejudice in intergroup attribution research. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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Analysis of negative intergroup relations was an inaugural concern of social psychology. This project critically reflects on a modem manifestation of this interest, Intergroup Attribution Research, by placing it in the context of Critical Social Psychology, both past and present. The first Chapter delineates Intergroup Attribution Research and Critical Social Psychology in the context of negative intergroup relations. Chapter Two contextualises the development of Intergroup Attribution theory, as an extension of Attribution Theory, and demonstrates the individualistic orientation of both of these especially in relation to their neglect of an early critical writer, Ichheiser (1943). Chapter Three extends the critique by identifying how the methods of Intergroup Attribution research trivialise and individualise prejudice. In Chapter Four, a series of three experiments is used to illustrate the points of critical inquiry established in Chapters Two and Three. The final chapter outlines the potential for a discursive alternative to the study of Intergroup Attribution, which, when incorporated into an Action Research framework, may be better positioned to problematise prejudice, and then to furnish communities with resources to challenge the negative intergroup relations, prejudices and oppressions they suffer. This should also return the study of intergroup relations to its inaugural concern.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
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Supervisor(s): Walker, Iain
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