The Target's Perspective

1st Edition - April 27, 1998

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  • Editors: Janet Swim, Charles Stangor
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080539447

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Prejudice: The Target's Perspective turns the tables on the way prejudice has been looked at in the past. Almost all of the current information on prejudice focuses on the person holding prejudiced beliefs. This book, however, provides the first summary of research focusing on the intended victims of prejudice. Divided into three sections, the first part discusses how people identify prejudice, what types of prejudice they encounter, and how people react to this prejudice in interpersonal and intergroup settings. The second section discusses the effect of prejudice on task performance, assessment of ones own abilities, self-esteem, and stress. The final section examines how people cope with prejudice, including a discussion of coping mechanisms, reporting sexual harassment, and how identity is related to effective coping.

Key Features

  • Includes an introduction, the consequences of prejudice, and how to cope with prejudice
  • The editors are top researchers in the field of prejudice
  • All the contributors are major figures in the social psychological analysis of intergroup relationships


Academic researchers and students in social psychology and sociology; counseling psychologists

Table of Contents

  • J.K. Swim and C. Stangor, Introduction.
    Encountering Prejudice:
    L.F. Barrett and J.K. Swim, Appraisals of Prejudice and Discrimination. J.K. Swim, L.L. Cohen, and L.L. Hyers, Experiencing Everyday Prejudice and Discrimination.
    M. LaFrance and J.A. Woodzicka, No Laughing Matter: Women's Verbal and Nonverbal Reactions to Sexist Humor.
    Consequences of Prejudice:
    J. Aronson, D.M. Quinn, and S.J. Spencer, Stereotype Threat and the Academic Underperformance of Minorities and Women.
    C. Stangor and G.B. Sechrist, Conceptualizing the Determinants of Academic Choice and Task Performance Across Social Groups.
    D.M. Quinn and J. Crocker, Vulnerability to the Affective Consequences of the Stigma of Overweight.
    K.W. Allison, Stress and Oppressed Social Category Membership.
    K. Truax, D.I. Cordova, A. Wood, E. Wright, and F. Crosby, Undermined? Affirmative Action From the Targets' Point of View.
    Coping With Prejudice:
    C.T. Miller and A.M. Myers, Compensating for Prejudice: How Heavyweight People (And Others) Control Outcomes Despite Prejudice.
    B. Major and T. Schmader, Coping With Stigma Through Psychological Disengagement.
    N.R. Branscombe and N. Ellemers, Coping with Group-Based Discrimination: Individualistic Versus Group-Level Strategies.
    W.E. Cross, Jr., and L. Strauss, The Everyday Functions of African American Identity.
    D. Oyserman and K. Harrison, Implications of Cultural Context: African American Identity and Possible Selves.
    K. Deaux and K.A. Ethier, Negotiating Social Identity.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1998
  • Published: April 27, 1998
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080539447

About the Editors

Janet Swim

Affiliations and Expertise

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, U.S.A.

Charles Stangor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.

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