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March 29 lecture notes Multicultural Psychology, CROSS CULTURAL AND INDIGENOUS PSYCHOLOGIES, Inter-group differentiation, TAJFEL’s SOCIAL IDENTITY THEORY, multiculturalism, CONTACT HYPOTHESIS (Gordon Allport, 1954), SHERIF’S ROBBERS CAVE RESEARCH, INTERNE

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PSYC 1010
Ronald Sheese

Reading: Moghaddam: Chapter 18 Richards: Chapter 18 KAHNEMAN ,D.&R ENSHON ,J. Lecture Outline: Moghaddam is really interested in groups, terrorism, and the conception of the other. Multicultural Psychology- looking at group as the norm and the other group as the other. One group being the normal and other group being outside the norm, not normal. You can have differences among groups and none of the groups is THE group. History of denigration of the other- whatever group youre part of is the best group and we denigrate the other group. Men are the norm and women are the other, denigrated group. In the US, history of racial background; white as the norm and black is the other (the blacks see themselves as the other and lesser too. wish they were like the whites; same thing with men and women at that time). CROSS CULTURAL AND INDIGENOUS PSYCHOLOGIES - cross cultural psychology basically says lets go to Japan and see if things work the same way as it does here in North America, applying what we know about psychology to other places. This is different from another approach which few people are beginning to take; thats indigenous psychology- lets go to Somalia and see what did they think about psychological phenomenon before western thought? Did they take an atomistic approach or a holistic approach? Whats the traditional way of looking at psychology look like in different parts of the world? What we study in this course is indigenous because its the meanings of Western psychology. Psychology evolved inside of western society. In other societies other ways have evolved a different way. The problem is that the western thought thinks of it as the truth; taking a natural science approach to psychological phenomenon. Western psychology as indigenous psychology is different from cross cultural psychology which tries to take that psychology and sees if it can be applied to their society. Thats different from going over to that country, seeing how theyve done it. Group relations Inter-group differentiation, bias, conflict? Intra-group and intergroup; process within the group or between groups. Bias and conflicts between groups is an inter-group approach. Is difference naturally problematic? When an individual sees other as different from themselves (different ideas, colour); is that different fundamentally problematic? Are we programmed biologically to fear the other? Some say that through evolution, people have been more sensitive to identify differences; need to be wary in the presence of differences; that its built in. However, it is obvious that that wariness may be removed easily and differences may be overcome. Some of that scepticism about others might come out in a prejudice, stereotype and discrimination. Prejudice- is the attitude and bias towards something; but would you actually carry out the differences in the actual interaction? Discrimination- actual behaviour; does the prejudice express itself in action? Stereotype- prejudice and discrimination often comes from stereotypes; our attitudes and actions come from that. Changing those is what social psychologists are interested in. Identity- how do people identify themselves? Do you identify yourself with a certain country or nation? Certain racial group? Religious group? High school? When asked- who are you? What would you say? Would you say those things about yourself? What are the things you identify with? Identity is at the heart of the multicultural thing. We have prejudices but one of the things we do to deal with that is multiculturalism. One of the key ideas in the multicultural ideas is if people can take some part of their identity they feel more comfortable in a community because they can keep their identity. Explanations of intergroup conflict- perhaps its built-in to us to be wary of strangers (biological explanation) Freud and displaced aggression- Freuds view on aggression between groups TAJFELsSOCIAL IDENTITY THEORY (FM 288) describes something called minimal group paradigm- put into a situation without much need to do so, people will very fast divide themselves into in-groups and out-groups (in group being whichever group youre in, out-group being the other). In an experiment theyre given points and need to distribute them (just know the others names, no photos or anything) so theres no real basis to the group other than the fact that youve been told that youre part of it. So people were more readily giving points to members of their own group. We feel better about ourselves just from being part of the groups because we have prejudices about the other group. In wartime, you dehumanize the other, the enemy. You say theyre not people, theyre primitive. So Tajfel is saying, perhaps in the basis of this behaviour what we do is the minimal group idea. We build up ourselves by discriminating and having prejudices about the other. Is it true? Or is it something that happens but we can learn to work differently? Enhanced self-esteem through out-group prejudiceAssimilation- American strategy Multiculturalism policies- Canadian strategy Critique of multiculturalism- if you take it to the extreme, how do you know whats right and wrong? For example, female circumcision; when a girl hits puberty they remove the clitoris and thats very much frowned upon in Western society. So what happens in Canada is that some people whove practiced that in their countries do it here too. How far does the multiculturalism go? You should celebrate your culture and be free to do so; Canada would be a better place for that because theyre not forced into uniformity. But what about some of these things that cultures do? Female circumcision would be an example of that. If youre cultural relativist youd say that you cant judge that practice because youre not part of the group. We wont judge from outside only look at it. CONTACT HYPOTHESIS (Gordon Allport, 1954)- if we could get people to talk to each other that would resolve the prejudice and discrimination. When you get to talk to someone you see that your views are inaccurate and your prejudices would be adjusted accordingly. Yes- if certain conditions are met then the contact hypothesis works These are conditions which favour the contact hypothesis: Equal status- if e
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