scapegoat theory

(noun) “[Theory that s]uggests that the dominant group will displace its unfocused aggression onto a subordinate group” (OpenStax College 2012).

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  • The process described in scapegoat theory is (noun) scapegoatism and is achieved through (verb) scapegoating.

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OpenStax College. 2012. Racial, Ethnic, and Minority Groups. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (