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Prejudice: Methods to Control Prejudice and Factors Producing Prejudice


Methods to Control Prejudice

Prejudice can be controlled by

  • Creating a casteless and classless society
  • Promoting better contact among groups
  • Creating equal opportunity for all members of society
  • Studying and learning lessons from previous history of prejudice
  • Promoting inter-caste and interstate marriage
  • Promoting visits of cultural delegations
  • Imparting education for social tolerance

Factors Producing Prejudice

Prejudice is caused by the following factors

  • Psychological Factors
  • Abnormal personality
  • Frustrated needs
  • Maladjustment
  • Self-defense
  • Motive of self-regard
  • Desire of social conformity
  • Apprehension of attack
  • Social Factors
  • Social distance between classes
  • Cultural differences
  • Social t…

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Prejudice: Amelioration of Prejudice


Amelioration of Prejudice

Prejudice can be removed or reduced by number of techniques:

Symptomatic Approach Theory: This theory believes that one can get rid of intergroup hostility only by alleviating individual psychological conflicts and anxiety. The techniques according to this approach are

  • Psychotherapy: According to Pearl, group psychotherapy as opposed to individual psychotherapy is most effective in reducing prejudice.
  • Self-Insight Training: If prejudice is largely ego d…

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