Interreligious education in the context of social psychology research on attitudes and prejudice

Abstract

The article analyzes the role of interreligious education in the context of social psychology. Sinceinterfaith education has been an integral part of discussions about religious education since the mid-1990s, the study of its impact on society is relevant in the modern world. The authors draw attention tothe fact that before exploring the significance of psychological theories of bias for interfaith education, itis necessary to consider and outline various ways to understand the fundamental concepts of attitudes,biases, and religious education. The study also examined issues of attitudes-biases-interfaith educationand socio-psychological theories about religious prejudice. These theories are presented in the followingrelation: religious prejudice as a “categorization problem” (cognitive theories), religious prejudiceas an identity problem (social identity theory), and religious prejudice as a socialization problem (sociallearning theory).The authors, reflecting on the emergence of prejudice in society, believe that racial, ethnic and genderprejudices are acquired at an early stage of human life. Religious prejudices, in turn, are acquired as aresult of a “perfectly normal” socialization process, in which a person grows up in a culture with specificprejudices about religion.Key words: interfaith education, prejudices, social identity, socialization.
Published
2020-07-02
How to Cite
U., Tungatova; M., Rotgangel. Interreligious education in the context of social psychology research on attitudes and prejudice. Journal of Philosophy, Culture and Political Science, [S.l.], v. 72, n. 2, p. 24-36, july 2020. ISSN 2617-5843. Available at: <https://bulletin-philospolit.kaznu.kz/index.php/1-pol/article/view/1134>. Date accessed: 25 sep. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.26577/jpcp.2020.v72.i2.03.