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Unformatted text preview: nforcement following it.Although, empirical results often showed significant correlation between parents and childs attitude, the correlations were typically low (Connel, 1972), especially after the child grow up. This suggests that learning theory can only explain part of the reason behind prejudice. Moreover, learning theorists suggested prejudice to be learned from others and therefore unable to explain how prejudice emerges from the very beginning. Contemporary theories Contemporary theories of intergroup bias (prejudice) tend to explain intergroup bias in terms of various social psychological motivations (Miles, Mark & Hazel, 2002). They are social identity theory, terror management and subjective uncertainty reduction theory. Social identity theoryAccording to social identity theory (Tajfel & Turner 1979), a core premise is that social categories (large group such as countries, intermediate groups such as companies, or small group such as departments) provide members with a social identity which define and evaluate who they are and describe what this entails. Social identity is that part of the self-concept tha...
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course SOC 110G taught by Professor Mohamedtamadigi during the Spring '10 term at University of Massachusetts Boston.

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