Prejudice and Politics: Symbolic Racism Versus Racial Threats to the Good Life

  title={Prejudice and Politics: Symbolic Racism Versus Racial Threats to the Good Life},
  author={Donald R. Kinder and David O. Sears},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
  • D. Kinder, D. O. Sears
  • Published 1978
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Although theories of prejudice have been extensively catalogued, empirical confrontations between competing theories are surprisingly rare. The primary goal of the present research was to test two major theoretical approaches to prejudice by whites against blacks: realistic group conflict theory, which emphasizes the tangible threats blacks might pose to whites' private lives; and a sociocultural theory of prejudice termed symbolic racism, which emphasizes abstract, moralistic resentments of… Expand

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