Stereotyping, Prejudice, And Discrimination In Social Psychology

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Stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination has been a core topic in social psychological research in an attempt to understand the origins of biases and impact on groups and individuals (Dagner & Dalege, 2013). The terms prejudice, discrimination, and stereotype, are often used mutually in daily dialogue. Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination are biases that contribute to the creation of social inequality in the society (Fiske, 2008). Most often people are biased against other individuals outside of their social connection, displaying stereotypical behaviors, showing prejudice and discrimination. Formerly, individuals are more explicit with their biases, however during the 20th century, it has become less socially acceptable to exhibit bias, prejudice, and …show more content…
For instance, the horrific maltreatment of the Jews, African America, and women has been the major motivation for the study of stereotyping, prejudice and decimation in social psychology. Stereotypes are harmful and dangerous as they foster prejudice and discrimination among the distinguished group of people. Also, stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice often occur simultaneously; however it is also possible to occur independently of each other. For instance, when an ethnic group is stereotyped with a positive characteristic such as family values, discrimination and prejudice may be absent. Also, prejudice against amputees may not involve particular stereotype or discrimination. Discrimination can occur without prejudice or stereotype either intentionally or unintentionally such as sex discrimination involving the percentage of female job candidate offered a position in an organization. Hence, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination are a distinct entity, though they often occur together in daily

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