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Unformatted text preview: Solutions to prejudice For decades, sociologists have looked to ways of reducing and eliminating conflicts and prejudices between groups: One theory, the self-esteem hypothesis , is that when people have an appropriate education and higher self-esteem, their prejudices will go away. Another theory is the contact hypothesis , which states that the best answer to prejudice is to bring together members of different groups so they can learn to appreciate their common experiences and backgrounds. A third theory, the cooperation hypothesis , holds that conflicting groups need to cooperate by laying aside their individual interests and learning to work together for shared goals. A fourth theory, the legal hypothesis , is that prejudice can be eliminated by enforcing laws against discriminative behavior. To date, solutions to prejudice that emphasize change at the individual level have not been...
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- Fall '09