Religion and reducing prejudice

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Abstract

Drawing on findings from the study of prejudice and prejudice reduction, we identify a number of mechanisms through which religious communities may influence the intergroup attitudes of their members. We hypothesize that religious participation could in principle either reduce or promote prejudice with respect to any given target group. A religious community’s influence on intergroup attitudes will depend upon the specific beliefs, attitudes, and practices found within the community, as well as on interactions between the religious community and the larger social environment in which it is embedded. Basing our proposals on findings from the literature on prejudice formation and prejudice reduction allows us to outline useful directions for future studies of religion and prejudice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-807
Number of pages24
JournalGroup Processes and Intergroup Relations
Volume19
Issue number6
Early online date9 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Religion
  • prejudice
  • prejudice reduction
  • religiosity
  • group processes
  • social identity theory
  • contact hypothesis

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