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University of Toronto Scarborough
Michael Inzlicht

Lecture 6 Prejudices INTERGROUP RELATIONS Intergroup relations the way groups interact with each other, how they think about each others. The focus is now on groups. When you identify with a group, your sense of self gets connected to being a member of the group. This is bc the self esteem and self identity are deeply connected to the degree that we assign our traits to the group, we think that other group members are similar to us; we also adopt stereotypical traits, about our own group. The social identity happens because they are part of a group. We want to feel good about ourselves. 1) through our own acts 2) through having a positive social identity, by having a great group, or by putting down other groups (by comparing your group to other groups) When the self esteem is low, when our social group identity is threatened, we use this tool to put down other groups, to seethem in a worse light, etc. In order to feel better about ourselves, we cannot seethe (+) things, or we cannot seeharm in our out groups. 1) When we compare our group with other groups, we want to make sure that our group would win. You would chooseareas that enable you to win. This is the same situation that occurs when western countries begin to compare themselves to other countries. We chooseto have good education, technology, etc. We feel good about ourselves when we compare what we have against other cultures. What we forget is that there are other domains that are involved, such as cultural values, the value in family, or living with nature. 2) Distort the perceptions of out groups and in-groups having stereotypes about the other groups, being prejudiced about the e other group, confirmation bias, sub typing, etc. 3) Promote our in-group - both implicitly and explicitly. Keep the other countries away from the resources that would allow them to thrive. The dominant group is the only group that can really promote their status in society. What happens when you are a member at the bottom of the hierarchy? U change society, so that your group would be equal or above the other groups. Collective action: When an individual is doing something to improve their own situation, but not only their own the situation but the situation of the whole group. This most likely happens when there is www.notesolution.com
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