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date: 17 January 2020

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After spelling out the meaning of “race” and “prejudice,” the chapter takes up the question of origins, distinguishing between the social conditions that give rise to prejudice in general and the factors that predispose some individuals to embrace prejudice and others to reject it. Prejudice comes in more than a single variety and the next section argues that the varieties can be classified in terms of three basic distinctions: biological versus cultural; cognitive versus affective; and explicit versus implicit. In the heart of the chapter, evidence on the political consequences of prejudice in the contemporary United States is summarized, followed by a briefer treatment of the part played by prejudice in the politics of immigration in western Europe. The chapter concludes with a quick recapitulation of what we have learned so far and some advice on how we might profitably move forward.

Keywords: race, prejudice, racism, immigration, elections, public opinion

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