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Discrimination And Discrimination

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Each one of us has probably felt being alienated or outcast at one point or another Each one of us has felt that moment when we might have been treated differently or when we felt uncomfortable because we felt different from everybody else. Discrimination due to prejudice and stereotyping is one of the many issues that we must face in a culturally and socially diverse world. Understanding these concepts and the mechanisms behind these behaviors may actually help us be a step closer to solving this social disease. Nevid and Rathus (2010) define prejudice as “a preconceived attitude toward a group or person” (p. 217). Prejudice sets in when one has negative views about another even if one doesn’t have the complete details yet about a certain individual or group of people. Prejudice is generally caused by a certain stereotype made about a person or group. A stereotype is that stored information about a particular group of people (Pastorino & Doyle-Portillo, 2008). People make stereotypes all the time, generalizing all females to have such characteristics, all Americans to have this attitude, or all prisoners to have a certain kind of quality. More often than not, discrimination becomes the result of certain prejudices made against particular stereotypes. Discrimination is the action made by someone due to certain prejudices (Nevid & Rathus, 2010). Because of existing cultural and social differences, people tend to classify themselves into social groups called in-groups or
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