Stereotypical Images, American Indians, and Prejudice

  • Joseph E. Trimble
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


Fear and hatred and the feeling of being less than human—don’t these feelings occur for any group that has been subjected to rejection, isolation, persecution, incarceration, and extermination? And wouldn’t these feelings continue when every effort to subdue a group was met with active or passive resistance? Don’t these feelings reinforce and justify any effort to exclude a group from full participation in the pursuit of their inalienable rights? Answers to these questions demand more than mere academic inquiry; they demand answers that reflect the history of intergroup relations, especially ones in which one group forms to subdue another. In this chapter, we explore certain social-psychological elements that have fostered negative intergroup relations between Euro-Americans and American Indians. As we do so, some light may be shed on the feelings of fear, hatred, and inferiority cited above.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph E. Trimble
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWestern Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA

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