Intergroup relations

Jorge Vala*, Rui Costa-Lopes

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This article provides a succinct description of the most significant socio-psychological research and theoretical breakthroughs in the area of intergroup relations. The first section focuses on contemporary socio-cognitive theories that highlight the role played by social categorization in intergroup relations since these theories and their links with motivation and emotion massively inspire current research in this domain. The subsequent section focuses on the perspectives on intergroup relations that have emerged in the past two decades and that have reinvigorated the study of collective beliefs, ideologies, and social norms as important organizers of group behavior, specifically through the legitimation of biased intergroup attitudes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences: second edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Collective beliefs
  • Ideologies
  • In-group bias
  • Infra-humanization
  • Intergroup attitudes
  • Intergroup relations
  • Justice
  • Legitimation
  • Prejudice
  • Social categorization
  • Social identity
  • Social norms
  • Stereotypes


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