Mindsets about malleability and intergroup relations

Rattan, A and Georgeac, O (2017) Mindsets about malleability and intergroup relations. In: The science of lay theories : how beliefs shape our cognition, behavior, and health. Springer, Basel, pp. 127-156. ISBN 9783319573052


We live in a world rife with unwanted intergroup bias. Is this inevitable, or can it be changed? Recent research suggests that people’s perspectives on this question may determine which reality emerges, one in which intergroup relations come to be improved over time, or one in which they are continually marked by intergroup divisions and bias. This chapter reviews the body of research on mindsets about malleability and stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination both from the perspective of perceivers (who exhibit bias) and targets (who experience bias). Given the evidence showing the importance of mindsets about malleability for the production of bias, people’s responses to it, and real-world intergroup reconciliation,
we advocate an approach to the study of intergroup relations that considers people’s lay
theories about malleability. Throughout, we discuss the implications and open questions that
arise from this theoretical perspective.

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Item Type: Book Section
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
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© 2017 Springer International Publishing AG

Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 10:57
Subjects: Prejudice
Group communication
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2024 01:19
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/807
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