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Intergroup Helping

Editors: van Leeuwen, Esther, Zagefka, Hanna (Eds.)

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  • Provides an overview of the topic of intergroup helping by combining theoretical, research-based, and applied perspectives 
  • Argues that ontergroup helping should be studied as a phenomenon in and of itself, not as a mere expression of ingroup bias or discrimination
  • Focuses on factors that can promote outgroup helping in a salient intergroup context
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The aim of this volume is to provide an overview of research from different psychological domains with regards to intergroup helping, arguing for intergroup helping as a research area in and of itself. Historically, research on intergroup relations has largely overlooked helping between groups—which, combined with the fact that most of the research on altruism and helping has focused on individuals, meant that intergroup helping was primarily looked at as deriving from negative intergroup interactions, such as ingroup bias or discrimination.  However, over the last decade, a small but growing group of researchers started to investigate intergroup helping as a positive social act occurring between and amongst groups.  With contributions from these expert researchers, this volume makes the case that intergroup helping should be studied as a phenomenon in and of itself, not as a mere expression of negative intergroup behaviour.


To advance this argument, the first section covers traditional research approaches in which the willingness to help other groups is construed as a form of discrimination. Then, the second section looks at the reasons why people may be motivated to help other groups. Finally, the last section explores intergroup helping in real world settings, looking at natural disaster responses and the role of morality, among other topics, demonstrating that intergroup relations can be truly positive.  Thus, Intergroup Helping: The Positive Side of Intergroup Behavior informs researchers in positive and group relations psychology about the current state of affairs of research on intergroup cooperation and helping, and sets out an agenda for further exploration. Tapping into a current trend towards positive psychology, it moves away from the traditional view within intergroup relations research of the group as a ‘source of trouble’, and instead focuses on truly positive intergroup relations, with the ultimate goal of promoting real positive behaviour that breaches the intergroup divide. 

About the authors

Esther van Leeuwen received her PhD from Leiden University in 2001. Between 2001 and 2014 she worked as an assistant professor at VU University Amsterdam. Since 2014 she has been an assistant professor at Leiden University in social and organisational psychology. Esther’s research focuses on intergroup helping (for example, between countries or organisations), and the loyalty employers extend towards their employees. She is also interested in corporate reputation, empowerment, and separatism conflict. She is an active blogger on various topics. Please visit her website (www.esthervanleeuwen.nl) for her blogs, and for more information about her research interests, teaching, PhD students, publications, and CV.

Dr. Hanna Zagefka is a Reader in Social Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, in social psychology. Her research interests are in social psychology, particularly intergroup relations, social identity (especially national or ethnic identity), acculturation, prejudice, and intergroup helping. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Socal Psychology. 


Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Helping Behaviour and Subtle Discrimination

    Dovidio, John F. (et al.)

    Pages 3-22

  • Benevolent Sexism and Cross-Gender Helping: A Subtle Reinforcement of Existing Gender Relations

    Kende, Anna (et al.)

    Pages 23-43

  • Is Saying “No” to a Request a Subtle Form of Discrimination Against Lesbians and Gay Men? A Fresh Look at Old Findings

    Gabriel, Ute

    Pages 45-63

  • Intergroup Helping: How Do Children See It?

    Sierksma, Jellie (et al.)

    Pages 65-85

  • Helping an Outgroup Member Or the Outgroup: The Identifiability Effect in an Intergroup Context

    Kogut, Tehila (et al.)

    Pages 87-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intergroup Helping
Editors
  • Esther van Leeuwen
  • Hanna Zagefka
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53026-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53026-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53024-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85042-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 397
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
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