Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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History, prejudice, and the study of social inequities

Jules P. Harrella1 and Edna Greene Medforda2

a1 Department of Psychology, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059. jharrell@howard.edu

a2 Department of History, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059.

Abstract

Integrating a historical perspective into studies of prejudicial attitudes facilitates the interpretation of paradoxical findings of the kind cited in the target article. History also encourages research to move beyond the study of prejudice and to consider institutional and structural forces that maintain social inequities. Multilevel approaches can study these factors in both field and laboratory studies.

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