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The Robbers Cave experiment : intergroup conflict and cooperation

Author: Muzafer Sherif
Publisher: Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press ; Scranton, Pa. : Distributed by Harper & Row, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Wesleyan edView all editions and formats
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"In this famous experiment, one of the earliest in inter-group relationships, two dozen twelve-year-old boys in summer camp were formed into two groups, the Rattlers and the Eagles, and induced first to become militantly ethnocentric, then intensely cooperative. Friction and stereotyping were stimulated by a tug-of-war, by frustrations perceived to be caused by the “out” group, and by separation from the others.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Muzafer Sherif
ISBN: 0819551031 9780819551030 0819561940 9780819561947
OCLC Number: 16275958
Notes: Reprint. Previously published: Norman, Okla. : University Book Exchange, 1961.
Description: xxxi, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Integrating field work and laboratory in small group research --
Approach, hypotheses, and general design of the study --
Role of staff; subject selection; experimental site --
Experimental formation of ingroups --
Intergroup relations: production of negative attitudes toward the outgroup --
Intergroup relations: assessment of ingroup functioning and negative attitudes toward the outgroup --
Intergroup relations: reducing friction --
Summary and conclusions.
Responsibility: Muzafer Sherif [and others] ; with a new introduction by Donald T. Campbell.

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