Multiculturalism and Intergroup Relations: Psychological Implications for Democracy in Global Context

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How can we best manage cultural diversity and avoid intergroup conflict and terrorism in this fast-changing world? In Multiculturalism and Intergroup Relations: Psychological Implications for Democracy in Global Context, author Fathali M. Moghaddam applies current psychological theories on intergroup relations to a variety of cultures and conflicts across the globe. While focusing primarily on the effect of globalization and how it facilitates cultural homogenization, Moghaddam examines what psychological research and theory can teach us about democracy and policies for managing diversity. Moghaddam skillfully crafts an argument for implementing contextualized democracy, that is, the use of local cultural symbols and meaning systems as a way of strengthening democratic trends and bringing into place a democratic state. The book also explores the large-scale migration of refugees fleeing international conflict as well as the effects of 9/11 and the violent conflicts that have erupted in its wake. In addition to the global perspective, the author considers local issues for societies, namely the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany, which are facing newly emerging racial, religious, and linguistic diversities within their own borders. This book will appeal to anyone interested in diversity, intergroup relations, and democracy in national and international contexts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433803079
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Diversity in International and National Contexts     1
Multiculturalism, Democracy, and Intergroup Relations: International and National Contexts     7
Constructing Groups: Biology, Culture, and Categorization     27
Psychological Themes, Theory, and Research     45
Rationality: From Freud to the Authoritarian Personality     49
The Materialist View: From Realistic Conflict Theory to Evolutionary Psychology     65
Identity: From Social Identity Theory to Optimal Distinctiveness Theory     89
Subjective Justice: From Equity Theory to Relative Deprivation Theory     107
Psychological Foundations of Policies     125
Psychological Foundations of Assimilation     131
Psychological Foundations of Multiculturalism     147
References     165
Author Index     189
Subject Index     195
About the Author     207
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