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Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression / Edition 1

Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression / Edition 1

by Jim Sidanius, Felicia Pratto


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Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression / Edition 1

This book suggests that the major forms in intergroup conflict, such as racism, classism and patriarchy, are essentially derived from the human predisposition to form and maintain hierarchical and group-based systems of social organization. Using social dominance theory, it is presumed that it is also a basic grammar of social power shared by all societies in common. We use social dominance theory in an attempt to identify the elements of this grammar and to understand how these elements interact and reinforce each other to produce and maintain group-based social hierarchy.

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ISBN-13: 9780521805407
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 382,867
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. From There to Here - Theoretical Background: 1. From visiousness to viciousness: theories of intergroup relations; 2. Social dominance theory as a new synthesis; Part II. Oppression and its Psycho-Ideological Elements: 3. The psychology of group dominance: social dominance orientation; 4. Let's both agree that you're really stupid: the power of consensual ideology; Part III. The Circle of Oppression - The Myriad Expressions of Institutional Discrimination: 5. You stay in your part of town and I'll stay in mine: discrimination in the housing and retail markets; 6. They're just too lazy to work: discrimination in the labor market; 7. They're just mentally and physically unfit: discrimination in education and health care; 8. The more of 'them' in prison, the better: institutional terror, social control and the dynamics of the criminal justice system; Part IV. Oppression as a Cooperative Game: 9. Social hierarchy and asymmetrical group behavior: social hierarchy and group difference in behavior; 10. Sex and power: the intersecting political psychologies of patriarchy and empty-set hierarchy; 11. Epilogue.

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