The Study of Man: How to Understand Prejudice--An Exchange
HERE two social psychologists at Harvard University take exception to the views presented by WILLIAM PETERSEN in his article “Prejudice in American Society” (October 1958), and Mr. Petersen replies. HERBERT C. KELMAN, born in Vienna in 1927, came to the United States in 1940 and was educated at Brooklyn College, the Seminary College of Jewish Studies, and Yale University. He is the author of Social Influence and Personal Belief, to be published next year. THOMAS F. PETTIGREW, who was born in Richmond in 1931, studied at the University of Virginia and Harvard. He is co-author with E. Q. Campbell of Christians in Racial Crisis: A Study of the Little Rock Ministry (1959). Professor Petersen, a frequent contributor, now teaches sociology at the University of California. He is the author of Planned Migration (1955) and the editor of an Anchor Book, American Social Patterns (1956).
Herbert C. Kelman & Thomas F. Pettigrew: Two decades of intensive research into intergroup conflict and prejudice have led investigators to agree on a number of important conclusions. First, group prejudice is now commonly viewed as having two components: hostility and misinformation. And second, it is now realized that a variety of factors is required to deal with the complexities of the problem. Only a theory employing the insights, techniques, and data of all of the social sciences can adequately account for the phenomenon.
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