- Communication, Language
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Group Processes
- Intergroup Relations
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
Richard Y. Bourhis
My research program integrates the following three themes.
(1) Using the minimal group paradigm I explore the parity and discriminatory behaviors of group members whose sociostructural position varies as dominant/subordinate, high/low status and rich/poor groups within illegitimate/unstable intergroup structures. Social Identity Theory, interdependence and self-interest are examined as competing/complementary explanations of the minimal group discrimination effect along with the role of social dominance orientation.
(2) The Interactive Acculturation Model proposes that integration policies adopted by governments at the national and local levels can both reflect and influence the acculturation orientations adopted by host majority and immigrant communities in multiethnic societies. Current research with the host community acculturation scale shows that relational outcomes can be harmonious, problematic or conflictual depending on the concordant/discordant acculturation orientations endorsed by dominant host majority members and valued/devalued immigrant communities.
(3) Research dealing with cross-cultural communication is guided mainly by Communication Accommodation Theory and explores the role of ingroup identification, linguistic prejudice, subjective vitality perceptions and personal goals to improve group vitality as factors related to language attitudes and bilingual language use in multilingual settings. Recent public policy analyses have dealt with the impact of state language policies on the maintenance and shift of minority/majority languages in Canada and Spain.
Richard Bourhis is a member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and is Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He received the Robert C. Gardner Award for outstanding Research in bilingualism from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology and was finalist for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation award of excellence in anti-racism in Canada. He was director of the Concordia-UQAM Chair in Ethnic Studies from 1996 to 2006 and Director of the Centre des etudes ethniques des universites montrealaises (CEETUM) at the Universite de Montreal from 2006 to 2009. In 2010 he was awarded a doctorate 'honoris causa' at Université de Lorraine-Metz in France and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012.
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Richard Y. Bourhis
Department of Psychology
UQAM, C.P. 8888, Succ.Centre-ville
Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Montréal, QC H3C 3P8
Work: (514) 987-3000, ext. 4852
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