The creative power of language in social cognition and intergroup relations.

Sutton, Robbie M. (2010) The creative power of language in social cognition and intergroup relations. In: Giles, Howard and Reid, Scott and Harwood, Jake, eds. Dynamics of intergroup communication. Language as Social Action, 8 . Peter Lang, New York, pp. 105-115. ISBN 9781433103971. (Full text available)

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Abstract

This book chapter reviews the relation of language to thought and its implications for intergroup relations. Following recent advances in social psychology, the chapter argues that language, far from merely being a medium for the transmission of stereotypes and prejudices, has the power to create, augment, and transform them. In particular, I examine the implications of the ability of language to contain thought (like a vessel), to focus thought (like a lens), and to reveal thought (like a barometer).

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Robbie Sutton
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2010 13:48
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 08:48
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26135 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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