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November 7, 2006 Prejudice Defining prejudice Prejudice: a prejudgment of a group and its individual members Prejudice is an attitude. It is essentially an evaluation. Can be both positive and/or negative “Against” versus “regarding” Stereotypes Stereotype: a generalized belief about the personal attributes of a group of people Stereotypes are cognitions Can be positive or negative Can be accurate or inaccurate True Statements: Males are more aggressive than females Jews are wealthier than any other ethnic group African-Americans are more likely to be the perpetrators and victims of crime than any other group Asian Americans are more likely to complete college than any other group People with lower incomes are less well-educated Definition of stereotypes (continued): Can be resistant to new information or easily changeable Ex: Work on political stereotypes: people ignore party information when information about the individual is useful for making judgment Discrimination
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