Prejudice And Conflict

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One of the major theories for reducing prejudice and conflict is that groups who are in conflict should be encourages to have contact with each other on an equal status basis, in order to achieve common goals (Allport (1954) stated that Prejudice (unless deeply rooted in the character structure of the individual) may be reduced by equal status contact between majority and minority groups in the pursuit of common goals. The effect is greatly enhanced if the contact is sanctioned by institutional supports. The important thing is that equal contact can have an effect on prejudice. E.g. residents of the same housing estate may learn to integrate and treat each other as equals. Aronson (1978) developed the jigsaw technique for breaking down prejudice
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