Inter-group Conflicts Paper Assignment

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Running head: INTERGROUP CONFLICTS1Reducing Intergroup ConflictsName:Institution:
Intergroup Conflicts2AbstractThis paper analyzes the stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination as concepts that causeconflicts between groups. Further analysis is made to determine how these ideas have causedintergroup conflicts. A provision of strategies to reduce intergroup conflicts is made togetherwith ways in which negative attitudes and behaviors can be overcome. Additionally, activities inwhich deliquescent boys can engage in to develop a positive attitude have been discussed.Factors that lead to intergroup conflictsOne of the factors that lead to conflict between groups is prejudice. Prejudice results inunjustified negative attitude towards an individual mainly by the individual’s tendency toassociate to particular group (Gaertner and Dovidio, 2014). The stereotype is where one teamdevelops negative and irrational beliefs towards another group; this is associated with ignoranceand hatred. It exists as an assumption on which inactive and unavoidable roles exist for eachcluster. Discrimination is whereby a limitation to the essential opportunities and choices of aminority group is done compared to a dominant group.Prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination have perpetuated the ongoing intergroupconflict but first, they have inhibited proper communication between the groups (Sherif, 2015).Insufficient communication between the groups leads to suspicion and absence of trust amongstthe groups and causes misunderstanding (Al Ramiah and Hewstone, 2013). Discriminationmainly lowers the level of communication, and one group is made to feel that it is not doing wellin comparison to other groups.
Intergroup Conflicts3Secondly, they perpetuate intergroup conflict by causing superiority complex. One groupis lead to believe to be superior to another group as a result of stereotypes. Members of onegroup will then expect members of other groups to be their subjects and obey them to the later(Halperin, Potat and Wohl, 2013). The local gangs have no desire to follow orders from othergroups, and therefore, a different situation results among the groups. Thirdly, stereotypes,prejudice, and discrimination cause biased perception among the groups. The feeling of biasgives rise to conflicting ideas that creates conflict between the local gangs in the detention center(Dovidio, Schellhass and Hewstone, 2017). In the reduction of intergroup conflicts, because ofits psychological and social components, both individual and intergroup processes are consideredas strategies.Individual process.The logic factors which underline prejudice in adolescents can be manipulated to targetsubtle, unintentional and implicit conflicts that are hardly recognizable and not easily susceptibleto change (Tropp, 2010). By using a direct approach, a motivational process is used to createinterventions in an attempt to reduce bias. Consideration of prejudice is made where solutions tosolve it are available. Individuals are also encouraged to focus on positive ideologies, embracepositive values and to make people see the negativity in their bias. Indirect approaches at adifferent level reduce bias indirectly by using dissonance principles. Non-prejudiced behavior isinduced from individuals whose attitudes subsequently displayed less bias together with theirbehavior.Intergroup process
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