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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.

Project overview

Project period

2017-01-01 2023-12-31

Funding

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

Research subject

Sociology

Head of project

Staff photo Mikael Hjerm Mikael Hjerm Professor
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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

2019
Tracking the rise of the radical right globally: CARR yearbook 2018/2019, Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag 2019 : 41-44
Eger, Maureen A.
2019
Tracking the rise of the radical right globally: CARR Yearbook 2018/2019, Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag 2019 : 135-138
Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
2019
Ethnic and Racial Studies, Routledge 2019, Vol. 42, (9) : 1514-1533
Mitchell, Jeffrey
2019
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Springer 2019, Vol. 48, (6) : 1175-1189
Miklikowska, Marta; Thijs, Jochem; Hjerm, Mikael
2019
Europe at the crossroads: confronting populist, nationalist, and global challenges, Nordic Academic Press 2019 : 113-134
Eger, Maureen A.; Valdez, Sarah
2019
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, L12
Werner, Lena
2018
European Political Science
Eger, Maureen A.; Valdez, Sarah
2018
Developmental Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA) 2018, Vol. 54, (4) : 703-717
Miklikowska, Marta
2018
Scandinavian Political Studies, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 41, (3) : 283-306
Bohman, Andrea
2018
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, Sage Publications 2018, Vol. 4 : 1-11
Hjerm, Mikael; Eger, Maureen A.; Danell, Rickard
2019
Ethnic and Racial Studies, Routledge 2019, Vol. 42, (9) : 1514-1533
Mitchell, Jeffrey
2018
International Studies in Sociology of Education, Abingdon: Taylor & Francis 2018, Vol. 27, (1) : 42-59
Hjerm, Mikael; Johansson Sevä, Ingemar; Werner, Lena