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Mary Kite & Bernard Whitley

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 67: Prejudice and Stereotyping

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Prejudice and Stereotyping
Prejudice and stereotyping

Social scientists approach the study of stereotyping and prejudice from two vantage points. One perspective focuses on general theories about the processes that lead to biased attitudes and behaviors; the other examines how these processes differ depending on which social group is the target of prejudice. Because beliefs and attitudes about different groups are covered in the Human Diversity section of this book, in this chapter we focus on general theories of prejudice and discrimination. We highlight the most important theories, issues, and questions that students of stereotyping and prejudice should understand. Most theories discussed in this chapter focus on race, but some work examines gender-associated attitudes and beliefs, anti-gay prejudice, and ageism. Because space limitations do not allow us ...

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