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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

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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