The Consequences of Prejudice and Discrimination for Prejudiced Persons and Dominant Groups
So happily is the world designed, Adam Smith wrote in An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) that each person working diligently in his own interests will best serve the nation as a whole. No economic thesis has so powerfully influenced the Western world, particularly the United States, as Smith’s, even down to the late twentieth century. This partial truth has often dominated public policy. Only slowly are we learning the relevance of a nearly opposite statement: So perversely is the world designed that each person working diligently in his own interests often injures not only himself but the community, the nation and, in these interdependent times, the world as a whole.
KeywordsWhite Woman Minority Group Dominant Group White Collar Crime Race Relation
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