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The Evolution of Prejudice

Research project Social scientists have contributed significantly to our understanding of the origins and nature of prejudice, but we still know very little about what explains the evolution of prejudice, or rather about how and why prejudice changes over time. We argue that this piece is essential to comprehending fully the nature of the phenomenon.

Integrating sociological and social-psychological approaches to prejudice, we analyze the evolution of prejudice at three different analytical levels, allowing us to investigate change within individuals over time, between individuals across countries over time, and within and between countries over time. Project 1 focuses on the impact of socializing agents on prejudice development during adolescence. Project 2 investigates the relationship between prejudice and the broader social context over time. Project 3 examines how manifestations of prejudice in media evolve over time.

Head of project

Project overview

Project period:

2017-01-01 2023-12-31

Funding

Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-07177

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences

Research area

Sociology

Project description

This program breaks new ground by its comprehensive and integrated approach to studying the evolution of prejudice. Social scientists, especially psychologists, have contributed significantly to our understanding of the origins and nature of prejudice, but we still know very little about what explains the evolution of prejudice over time, or rather about how and why prejudice changes. We argue that this piece is essential to comprehending fully the nature of the phenomenon. Integrating sociological and social-psychological approaches to prejudice, we propose research to analyze the evolution of prejudice at three different analytical levels, allowing us to investigate change within individuals over time, between individuals across countries over time, and within and between countries over time. By employing this integrated, dynamic, and comprehensive strategy, the program has the potential to disentangle how and why prejudice evolves over time and thus transform how we understand the phenomenon. By doing so, our research will also contribute to the literature on attitudes and attitudinal change more generally.

Publications

The radical right during crisis: CARR tearbook 2020/2021, Ibidem-Verlag 2021 : 132-136
O'Brien, Michelle L.; Eger, Maureen A.
The international migration review, Sage Publications 2021, Vol. 55, (3) : 640-659
O'Brien, Michelle L.; Eger, Maureen A.
Nations and Nationalism
Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
The Handbook on Migration and Welfare
Eger, Maureen A.
Mainstreaming the global radical right: CARR yearbook 2019/2020, Ibidem-Verlag 2020 : 362-365
Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
Religion and Neo-Nationalism in Europe, Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 2020 : 61-84
Eger, Maureen A.
Welfare state legitimacy in times of crisis and austerity: between change and vontinuity, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing 2020 : 177-198
Eger, Maureen A.; Larsen, Christian Albrekt; Mewes, Jan
Social Indicators Research, Springer 2020, Vol. 147 : 897-919
Hjerm, Mikael; Eger, Maureen A.; Bohman, Andrea; et al.
Frontiers in Sociology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2019, Vol. 4
Bohman, Andrea; Hjerm, Mikael; Eger, Maureen A.
Ethnic and Racial Studies, Routledge 2019, Vol. 42, (9) : 1514-1533
Mitchell, Jeffrey
European Political Science, Springer 2019, Vol. 18, (3) : 379-399
Eger, Maureen A.; Valdez, Sarah
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, 81
Werner, Lena
Europe at the crossroads: confronting populist, nationalist, and global challenges, Nordic Academic Press 2019 : 113-134
Eger, Maureen A.; Valdez, Sarah
Tracking the rise of the radical right globally: CARR Yearbook 2018/2019, Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag 2019 : 135-138
Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
Tracking the rise of the radical right globally: CARR yearbook 2018/2019, Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag 2019 : 41-44
Eger, Maureen A.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Springer 2019, Vol. 48, (6) : 1175-1189
Miklikowska, Marta; Thijs, Jochem; Hjerm, Mikael
The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) 2018
Valdez, Sarah; Eger, Maureen A.
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, Sage Publications 2018, Vol. 4 : 1-11
Hjerm, Mikael; Eger, Maureen A.; Danell, Rickard
Developmental Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA) 2018, Vol. 54, (4) : 703-717
Miklikowska, Marta
Ethnic and Racial Studies, Routledge 2019, Vol. 42, (9) : 1514-1533
Mitchell, Jeffrey
International Studies in Sociology of Education, Abingdon: Taylor & Francis 2018, Vol. 27, (1) : 42-59
Hjerm, Mikael; Johansson Sevä, Ingemar; Werner, Lena