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Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2003 Aug;29(8):1056-67.

Ethnophaulisms and exclusion: the behavioral consequences of cognitive representation of ethnic immigrant groups.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, NY 13210, USA.


Ethnophaulisms are the words used as slurs to refer to ethnic immigrant outgroups. This article explores the effects of these cognitive representations of ethnic immigrant groups on exclusion behavior directed toward these immigrant groups. Using archival data spanning a 150-year period of American history, the results of these analyses provide a sobering picture of the effects of the cognitive representation of immigrants: a century and a half of thinking about ethnic immigrant groups in a simplistic and negative manner and a corresponding tendency to exclude those immigrant groups from the receiving society. The implications of these results for theoretical approaches to intergroup relations are considered.

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