Prejudice and Intergroup Relations

  • Rusi JaspalEmail author


Identity can be categorised at both individual and group levels. It is possible to emphasise one’s individuality in some contexts and one’s group membership in others. The very existence of social groups creates the risk of prejudice. First, the term ‘homophobia’ is defined. Second, the causal mechanisms of prejudice are discussed through the lens of significant theories from social psychology. Third, key themes from social psychological research into anti-gay prejudice are outlined. Fourth, intergroup prejudice within the gay community is explored. In this chapter, it is argued that prejudice takes multiple forms, is pervasive, and must be challenged.


Social identity Prejudice Homophobia 


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  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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