Increasingly our societies are becoming culturally more diverse, and how to live with this diversity is one of the most pressing questions of our time. In Europe and beyond, intergroup tolerance has been proposed as a key aspect of living harmoniously and productively with diversity. Toleration is considered critical because disapproval and disagreement about what is good and right are inevitable. A diverse, egalitarian, and peaceful society does not require that we all like each other, but it does require that people at least tolerate one another.
This project moves beyond the extensive work on stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination, by focusing on the social psychology of intergroup toleration in which differences are endured. This new line of research will unravel the interrelated aspects of toleration by examining:
- the nature and processes of intergroup tolerance
- the boundaries of intergroup tolerance
- the social psychological consequences of being tolerated
The research has a coherent theoretical framework and empirically toleration will be examined by using a combination of methods. Our aim is to provide key insights into the social psychological dynamics of intergroup toleration. This can form the basis for developing and implementing initiatives and approaches that contribute to a more tolerant society.