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With profound insight into the complexities of the human experience, Harvard psychologist Gordon Allport organized a mass of research to produce a landmark study on the roots and nature of prejudice. First published in 1954, The Nature of Prejudice remains the standard work on discrimination. Now this classic study is offered in a special unabridged edition with a new intrWith profound insight into the complexities of the human experience, Harvard psychologist Gordon Allport organized a mass of research to produce a landmark study on the roots and nature of prejudice. First published in 1954, The Nature of Prejudice remains the standard work on discrimination. Now this classic study is offered in a special unabridged edition with a new introduction by Kenneth Clark of Columbia University and a new preface by Thomas Pettigrew of Harvard University.Allport's comprehensive and penetrating work examines all aspects of this age-old problem: its roots in individual and social psychology, its varieties of expression, its impact on the individuals and communities. He explores all kinds of prejudice-racial, religious, ethnic, economic and sexual-and offers suggestions for reducing the devastating effects of discrimination.The additional material by Clark and Pettigrew updates the social-psychological research in prejudice and attests to the enduring values of Allport's original theories and insights....

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ISBN : 9780201001792
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Number of Pages : 576 Pages
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  • Rex Chen
    2019-03-05 01:43

    We are just a bundle of prejudices ... The book starts by revealing this simple truth.As a Chinese who has spent years in Middle East and UK, and who has observed the many absurd human conflicts resulting from our 'differences', I can relate strongly to this book even though it was written more than 50 years ago. A very systematic, insightful and deep analysis about every aspect of human prejudice, this book provides the best way to truly understand and hence to fight again prejudices.But for non-researcher readers, the later chapters are a bit too heavy and dry because they are too analytical. I skipped such parts and still got a good feeling about what the author tried to tell us ...A must read for all educated people (especially for those who don't have a 'liberal' education background like myself :)

  • Kim
    2019-03-06 23:09

    There's a quote on the back from a critic that says, "As a source of study, it is a library in itself." This is exactly how I feel. It was amazingly insightful, and written with such simplicity that I never felt like I would fall asleep from boredom, nor did I ever have to re-read the same line over and over before understanding its meaning. I learned so much about myself and those around me while reading this book, and I greatly encourage others to dive into these 518 (!!) pages of enlightenment.My only complaint is that it's written using language that wouldn't seem to be "politically correct" (for lack of a better term) in modern light, but seeing as it was published in 1954 and Allport is no longer alive to write a revision, this will have to do.

  • Robert Snow
    2019-03-02 01:47

    A powerful book that people only read as a text book. Prejudice is a fascinating subject because everyone suffers from it at one time or another and most people deny that they hold any prejudice in their heart. If one thinks themselves innocent of prejudice they only fool themselves! Prejudice is infectious and if left untreated will spread throughout a people and society.

  • J.P.
    2019-03-14 02:07

    This book is a life changer. I have heard & read the a number of civil rights leaders felt that it was a book that was necessary to have in one's personal library if you wanted to understand what it was they were fighting. Having read this book it is very clear to me why. In addition to gaining a better understanding of the world & people around me, I also learned a lot about myself. This book will force you to look at how society, your family via your upbringing & how aspects of your personality influence the way you hold views about people & the groups they belong to. This book made me think about how we view people in regards to gender, class, sexuality & any other way we discriminate against our fellow humans in addition to racism. All of the chapters have a way of challenging you & making you think but chapter 9, which is a chapter on how the reactions of the oppressed to their oppression are varied is something everyone should read even if they haven't been exposed to the book. It helps clear up some of the victim-blaming too often directed at the oppressed. The book is very straight-forward but it reveals that prejudice is complicated & comes about in various ways which makes eradicating it complicated as well.There are a lot of books that are good, great even, but one that truly changes your life, your outlook & helps you improve your actions, I think, is a rare gem. That's what this book is for me. I'm confident we have made numerous strides in Psychology since the this book was written, which was in the height of the Civil Rights Era I believe but this is a great foundation to get to in addition to any works written since that time. If you want to understand the many prejudices we see in the world today as well as illuminate ones you may not realize you hold yourself, this is the book to start with.

  • Bradlee
    2019-03-20 20:57

    A must-read for anyone in the fields of prejudice or intergroup relations. Written less than a decade after World War II, the book's heavy emphasis on anti-Semitism is noticeably dated. The lessons we can take away from Allport's comprehensive discussion of prejudice are still very relevant, though. Replace the book's focus on anti-Semitism with prejudice against Muslims or the LGBT community and almost all of the same conclusions will follow regarding the origins, facilitators, and combatants of prejudice towards these groups. Not to mention that his "contact hypothesis" set the groundwork for a large body of psychological research into prejudice reduction that has continued up to the present day.

  • Kasey Rackowitz
    2019-03-12 22:02

    The book was published in the early 1950s and it definitely shows signs of its age, especially in regards to terminology, but much of what Allport discusses still stand today. I found what he had to say about McCarthyism and World War II really interesting when comparing it to what is going on with the US and Trump. Interesting historical read.

  • Michael Kage
    2019-02-24 21:53

    I found Allport's work of great value. Allport's examples and explination of prejudice, specifically racial prejudice, is outstanding. The book is dated (copyrighted 1979) but the theories and constructs can still be applied today. Think of any form of prejudice in our society (ie. immigrantion, gay rights, religion, etc.) and you can see how these "dated" ideas still apply today.

  • Stuart Macalpine
    2019-03-08 01:56

    One of the best books I have read: an encyclopaedic account of the way prejudice and discrimination are formed, sustained and lessened or intensified heavily illustrated with research that is powerful but accessible. Everything that something like 'lord of the flies' depicts or the holocaust shows Allport systematically unpicks and illuminates.

  • Chikita Kodikal
    2019-03-09 02:03

    This is a phenomenal and insightful study of the manner in which prejudice impacts the members of our society. Although this book was first published in 1954, it is interesting to witness how relevant the concepts and cases studies elucidated in this novel are to our current society. A must read for everyone!

  • Laura Aranda
    2019-03-06 00:06

    Quite possibly one of the best books I have EVER read. An in-depth look into how and why prejudice and discrimination exist. This needs to be included in every child's curriculum.

  • Thomas Baughman
    2019-03-08 00:55

    A classic piece of analysis.

  • Patrick Cowsill
    2019-03-13 04:43

    Best book I've ever seen on the topic. The scale, with the five steps, is intriguing.

  • Amy
    2019-03-20 00:11

    very good book on what prejudice is and is not, how it evolves, and what we can do about it. If you have one book to read on this topic, this should be the one you choose

  • JimZ
    2019-02-19 05:03

    I learned as much about psychology from this one book as from anything that I've read. A giant.

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-14 00:51

    the only reason to read this book is because of how influential it was in race and prejudice scholarship in previous decades. it is so out-of-date that it is only interesting as an intellectual relic. Allport makes statements that to contemporary readers would sound (and, i would argue, are) racist. like many other transitional writers, he has conflicting moments of progressiveness and traditional racism (like Mill in "subjection of women").however, serious students of race are required to read the foundational texts, and this is one.

  • AF
    2019-02-23 01:59

    I really only leafed through sections of this book as part of a research paper, but would genuinely consider one day reading this in its entirety. Very interesting, especially the more "old-timey" perceptions (I believe this was originally published in 1954).

  • Crystal
    2019-03-08 21:02

    More of a textbook than anything, it does a very good job of scientifically breaking down prejudice. I recommend this book to everyone- understanding prejudice is the first step in overcoming it.

  • Fred R
    2019-03-10 02:58

    Pretty good for what it is, but it isn't an objective analysis of prejudice.