What's so insidious about Peace, Love, and Understanding? A system justification perspective

John T. Jost, Chadly Stern, David A. Kalkstein

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Abstract

We agree that promoting intergroup harmony carries insidious, often unacknowledged, system-justifying consequences (sect. 4.1.3, para. 2) and identify several ways in which benevolent and complementary stereotypes, superordinate identification, intergroup contact, and prejudice reduction techniques can undermine social change motivation by reinforcing system-justifying beliefs. This may keep the peace, but it also prevents individuals and groups from tackling serious social problems, including inequality and oppression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-439
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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