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Communicating Prejudice by Michael L Hecht

By Michael L Hecht

A new integrative conceptual version of prejudice - the layered point of view of cultural intolerance - is gifted within the quantity. This version is used to research the conversation of prejudice in a number of guises reminiscent of racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism and classism. Drawing on multidisciplinary views, the 1st chapters current the version and theoretical beginning for the publication. next chapters learn particular foci of prejudice together with own prejudice in relationships, companies, and the media. a sequence of private narratives are incorporated to demonstrate particular varieties and situations of prejudice.

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The group-based approach also applies to other types of intolerance. The view would suggest that it is not merely competition for resources but rather our belonging to certain groups that divides us. " For example, Schwichtenberg (1989b) sees "feminism" as "a set of political practices exposing the patriarchal/capitalist subordination of women" (p. 291). She sees feminism as a suuggle to free women from existing for the desire of men. Women, as a group, must struggle for resources such as power over self-identification against the norms of a society.

Relations of production"). Workers sell their labor for a price but end up not owning the means of production and, thus, not having any power. The relations and means of labor were the "base" on which all the rest of society ("superstructure") rested. '2 Marxist theory has been applied to various forms of intolerance, but the arguments share a common core: The owners of production do what they must do to keep control of production. Race, for example, is either invented or appropriated by the owners of production to keep labor cheap.

The focus on politically correct (PC) language may have helped curb open expressions of intolerance (see one of Lindsley's chapters in this volume [Chapter 10]). , toward immigrants) may suggest that intolerance itself has not changed and that only the form in which it is expressed has changed. Addressing it may require structural changes in institutions such as education, the media, and the 26 INTRODUCTION courts; social changes such as PC language; and individual changes as well. Examining the multiple roots of prejudice can yield a more complete undersunding of the problem and enable more effective solutions.

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