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The Nature, Developmental Roots, and Alleviation of Discrimination

The Nature, Developmental Roots, and Alleviation of Discrimination

Chapter:
(p.57) 2 The Nature, Developmental Roots, and Alleviation of Discrimination
Source:
Adolescence, Discrimination, and the Law
Author(s):
Roger J. R. Levesque
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479815586.003.0003

This chapter provides an overview of the empirical understanding of the nature and extent of prejudice and discrimination, their developmental roots, and their potential alleviation. The analysis centers on the implications that arise from recognizing that youths shape their environments and respond to multiple social forces as they develop judgments about others and determine whether to act on those judgments. Although research findings have long underscored the importance of pathological aspects of prejudice and actions relating to them, this area of study now emphasizes even more how prejudice and discrimination emerge as expected outcomes of normal social categorization, social identity, and group processes. Building on these findings, the discussion explores how influential social sources can be structured in ways that increase the likelihood of fostering dispositions, relationships, and institutions marked by tolerance, inclusion, and a sense of equity.

Keywords:   prejudice, discrimination, youths, tolerance, inclusion, equity

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