Multiculturalism and Intergroup Relations: Psychological Implications for Democracy in Global Context

Pages: 207
Item #: 4317145
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0307-9
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Copyright: 2008
Format: Hardcover
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How can we best manage cultural diversity and avoid intergroup conflict and terrorism in this fast-changing world? In Multiculturalism and Intergroup Relations: Psychological Implications for Democracy in Global Context, author Fathali M. Moghaddam applies current psychological theories on intergroup relations to a variety of cultures and conflicts across the globe. While focusing primarily on the effect of globalization and how it facilitates cultural homogenization, Moghaddam examines what psychological research and theory can teach us about democracy and policies for managing diversity. Moghaddam skillfully crafts an argument for implementing contextualized democracy, that is, the use of local cultural symbols and meaning systems as a way of strengthening democratic trends and bringing into place a democratic state.

The book also explores the large-scale migration of refugees fleeing international conflict as well as the effects of 9/11 and the violent conflicts that have erupted in its wake. In addition to the global perspective, the author considers local issues for societies, namely the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany, which are facing newly emerging racial, religious, and linguistic diversities within their own borders. This book will appeal to anyone interested in diversity, intergroup relations, and democracy in national and international contexts.

Table of Contents




I. Diversity in International and National Contexts

  1. Multiculturalism, Democracy, and Intergroup Relations: International and National Contexts
  2. Constructing Groups: Biology, Culture, and Categorization

II. Psychological Themes, Theory, and Research

  1. Rationality: From Freud to the Authoritarian Personality
  2. The Materialist View: From Realistic Conflict Theory to Evolutionary Psychology
  3. Identity: From Social Identity Theory to Optimal Distinctiveness Theory
  4. Subjective Justice: From Equity Theory to Relative Deprivation Theory

III. Psychological Foundations of Policies

  1. Psychological Foundations of Assimilation
  2. Psychological Foundations of Multiculturalism


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Author Bio

Fathali M. Moghaddam is Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University. Moghaddam was awarded the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, Division 48 of the American Psychological Association.