Integration and Pluralism

  • Thomas F. Pettigrew
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


Integration is often presented today as the logical opposite of pluralism. This confusion presents a pointed example of how muddled conceptualization has become in the intergroup area. This chapter contends that this confusion has largely political origins. First, we provide a few essential definitions. Then we discuss the myths that have developed on both sides of the political debate and present the case for the uniqueness of black-white relations in the United States. Finally, the chapter closes with a synthesis of this perspective, and its implications for American race relations.


Immigrant Group Logical Opposite Racial Segregation Intergroup Relation Segregation Index 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas F. Pettigrew
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Board of Studies in Psychology, Adlai E. Stevenson CollegeUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.Psychology SubfacultyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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