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  • By: James Haywood Rolling
  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

A stereotype is a social construct, a textually based assertion of what a given type of individual should be. A stereotype is also a representation. Whenever something is represented, something is always left out of the account, and this discontinuity is central to the meanings we derive; however, a stereotype leaves so much out of the account it operates more as a fiction than a reliable portrayal of an identity. The discontinuity in a representation leads to a desirousness to ...

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