Introduction Prejudice and discrimination are two different but closely-linked things. Prejudice is an attitude towards an individual or group because they are part of a certain group. Discrimination is the behavioural manifestation of prejudice. Both are usually negative. Some psychologists believe that being part of a certain group makes you automatically prejudiced towards people from other groups.
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Introducing Psychological Research pp Cite as. What does it take to make you believe you are a member of a group? The tradition of the British pantomime usually has one piece where the audience is asked to sing, divided into two groups, and encouraged to compete against each other to see who sings the loudest. The members of the audience invariably oblige by singing their hearts out. Each person believes they are a member of a team and acts to support that team.
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Experiments in Intergroup Discrimination
Intergroup discrimination refers to the phenomenon where factions of a single group develop conflicts against each other as by-products of competition and prejudice. Different social and psychological factors become roots of conflicts between groups. However, within a group, conflicts mostly root from psychological prejudice then developing into a more serious form of intergroup discrimination. Though not all conflicts between different groups stem from competition, it still cannot be avoided that people automatically discriminate against those who are not part of their own group. It also follows that since we instantly discriminate against the outsiders, we can also discriminate against others for no apparent reason aside from developed prejudice. Henri Tajfel conducted a series of experiments on intergroup discrimination in Bristol City in
The Minimal Group Studies
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