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The Psychology of Stereotyping : Distinguished Contributions in Psychology - David J. Schneider

The Psychology of Stereotyping

Distinguished Contributions in Psychology

Hardcover Published: 3rd November 2003
ISBN: 9781572309296
Number Of Pages: 704

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The first comprehensive treatment of stereotypes and stereotyping, this text synthesizes a vast body of social and cognitive research that has emerged over the past-quarter century. Provided is an unusually broad analysis of stereotypes as products both of individual cognitive activities and of social and cultural forces. While devoting careful attention to harmful aspects of stereotypes, their connections to prejudice and discrimination, and effective strategies for countering them, the volume also examines the positive functions of generalizations in helping people navigate a complex world. Unique features include four chapters addressing the content of stereotypes, which consider such topics as why certain traits are the focus of stereotyping and how they become attributed to particular groups. An outstanding text for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, the volume is highly readable and features many useful examples.

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"A true tour de force. This text provides wonderfully comprehensive coverage of a literature that has grown exponentially in recent decades. An impressive variety of topics are addressed in a thorough, informative way: theories of stereotypes, how structure influences processing, stereotype development and change, connections to prejudice and discrimination, the content and origins of prominent stereotypes, and more. In each case, state-of-the-art research developments are situated in their historical context and integrated into the 'big picture' of the field. Schneider's writing is highly engaging, with extensive use of examples and personal anecdotes that effectively illustrate his points. A valuable contribution, highly recommended. - David L. Hamilton, University of California, Santa Barbara; Schneider has produced a meticulously researched and yet easily readable book about stereotypes, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. It is a superb mix of formal scholarship and informal anecdotes and illustrations. There are a lot of new and interesting ideas presented, as well as plenty of leads to guide research. I consider myself an expert on intergroup attitudes, but I learned a lot by reading this book. A 'must read' for anyone interested in this complex and important field. - Charles Stangor, University of Maryland, College Park; In a scholarly, authoritative voice - tempered by personal touches and everyday examples - Schneider takes a careful, balanced look at our assumptions about stereotyping. He places cutting-edge contemporary research in the context of historical classics. This complete and even-handed text relies on firm ground, namely the research itself. Both students and faculty will learn from it. - Susan J. Fiske, Princeton University"

Introductionp. 1
A Dialoguep. 1
Some Backgroundp. 8
Some Classic Issuesp. 14
Prejudice and Discriminationp. 26
Plan of This Bookp. 30
Methodsp. 34
Direct Measuresp. 34
Indirect Measuresp. 52
Categories and Categorizationp. 64
The Nature of Categoriesp. 65
Categorization of People: Which Categories Are Used?p. 95
The Effects of Categorizationp. 106
Summaryp. 117
Schema Theoriesp. 120
The Nature of Schemasp. 120
Schemas and Stages of Information Processingp. 123
Stereotypes and Individuating Informationp. 146
Summaryp. 170
Stereotype Structure and Implicit Personality Theoriesp. 173
The Nature of Implicit Personality Theoriesp. 173
Are Stereotypes Like Implicit Personality Theories?p. 181
Summaryp. 196
Stereotypes as Hypothesesp. 197
Stereotypes as Probabilitiesp. 197
The Nature of Hypothesis Testingp. 206
Summaryp. 226
Ingroups and Outgroupsp. 229
The Importance of Groupsp. 229
Ingroup Biasp. 237
Homogeneity Effectsp. 251
Summaryp. 264
Prejudice and Discriminationp. 266
Prejudicep. 266
Discriminationp. 291
Summaryp. 316
The Development of Stereotypesp. 321
Sources of Our Stereotypesp. 321
Are Stereotypes Based on Experience?p. 329
Are Stereotypes Accurate?p. 330
Are Stereotypes Based on Cultural Tuition?p. 338
Development of Race and Gender Stereotypesp. 353
The Functions of Stereotypesp. 363
Summaryp. 372
Change of Stereotypes and Prejudicep. 376
A Dialoguep. 376
Possibilities of Changep. 379
The Contact Hypothesisp. 381
The Media, Education, and Planned Interventionsp. 406
Can We Suppress Categorization and Stereotyping?p. 418
Summaryp. 430
Content of Stereotypes: Gender, Race, and Agep. 434
The Importance of Contentp. 434
Groups and Categoriesp. 436
Genderp. 437
Race and Ethnicityp. 452
Agep. 466
Content of Stereotypes: Stigmasp. 474
General Issuesp. 474
Particular Stigmasp. 482
Content of Stereotypes: Other Categoriesp. 501
Physical Featuresp. 501
Languagep. 515
Occupations and Socioeconomic Statusp. 522
National Groupsp. 527
Miscellaneous Bases of Stereotypesp. 530
Stereotype Content and Featuresp. 534
A Dialogue about Lazinessp. 534
The Features of Stereotypesp. 537
Traitsp. 538
Summaryp. 561
Summaryp. 562
Stereotypes Are Not Rogue Generalizationsp. 562
The Culture Warsp. 564
The Accuracy Issuep. 565
Stereotypes and Prejudice Are Complexp. 566
Are Stereotypes Acceptable?p. 567
Referencesp. 569
Indexp. 693
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ISBN: 9781572309296
ISBN-10: 1572309296
Series: Distinguished Contributions in Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 3rd November 2003
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.45

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