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Tolerance by surprise : evidence for a generalized reduction in prejudice and increased egalitarianism through novel category combination.

Vasiljevic, Milica and Crisp, Richard J. (2013) 'Tolerance by surprise : evidence for a generalized reduction in prejudice and increased egalitarianism through novel category combination.', PLoS ONE., 8 (3). e57106.

Abstract

Prejudices towards different groups are interrelated, but research has yet to find a way to promote tolerance towards multiple outgroups. We devise, develop and implement a new cognitive intervention for achieving generalized tolerance based on scientific studies of social categorization. In five laboratory experiments and one field study the intervention led to a reduction of prejudice towards multiple outgroups (elderly, disabled, asylum seekers, HIV patients, gay men), and fostered generalized tolerance and egalitarian beliefs. Importantly, these effects persisted outside the laboratory in a context marked by a history of violent ethnic conflict, increasing trust and reconciliatory tendencies towards multiple ethnic groups in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. We discuss the implications of these findings for intervention strategies focused on reducing conflict and promoting peaceful intergroup relations.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0057106
Publisher statement:© 2013 Vasiljevic, Crisp. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Date accepted:21 January 2013
Date deposited:05 September 2017
Date of first online publication:06 March 2013
Date first made open access:No date available

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