Prejudice And Stereotyping : A Social Psychological Perspective

1160 WordsDec 4, 20145 Pages
Prejudice & Stereotyping: A social psychological perspective The ability and desire to relate to someone or compete with others, is a fundamental norm and a common aspect in everyday life. The notion to discern ‘us’ from ‘them’ is a way we make inferences of the people we meet and engage with. These everyday inferences affect the way we think, use, and interpret information which guide us to behaviors and beliefs. We use prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination all too often and it allows us to make sense of the world around us. This paper will discuss the aspects of prejudice and how we interpret prejudice in social psychology as well as stereotyping and its effects in the media. These concepts are important to social psychology because they explain an aspect of human behavior that we engage in, in everyday life. Prejudice In modern social psychology literature, prejudice is defined as an attitude towards a person on the basis of his or her group membership (Amodio, 2014). Social psychology focuses on the study of prejudice because of the social implications caused by prejudice towards other people. Although prejudice has many different aspects such as gender, race, age, ethnicity, etc., major research in social psychology has focused particularly on racial prejudice. Racial prejudice is defined by, a form of prejudice with clearly defined social categories, linked to identifiable physical attributions (Amodio, 2014). American social
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