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Unformatted text preview: Misconception Can the general characterizing and the overgeneralization of an occupation ( lawyers must be wealthy), race (all Asians are great at math), gender (every man is technologically savy), contain positive values? Some believe that its possible; however, positive stereotypes are a stretch. Job stereotypes: lawyers must be wealthy, can be very deceiving and therefore be possibly detrimental for some lawyers. The average lawyer at nonprofit organizations has an average salary of $56,459 within the United States (PayScale Inc.).This is an acceptable income, however it is definitely not considered rich by todays standards. Lawyers that make such salaries may be stereotyped as greedy because their necessity to save money is seen by people as greed. Stereotypes such as the previous example seem to be positive simply because they convey a positive attribute. For example: all Asians are great at math This stereotype seems to be positive: intelligence is a good thing; however, what if youre an unintelligent Asian? This stereotype places unfair pressure coupled with high expectations on unintelligent people to excel in mathematics and also diminishes the success of a hard working math student. A college student states I want to be considered smart if I prove myself, just like everyone else. Furthermore, I dont considered smart if I prove myself, just like everyone else....
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- Spring '08
- Sociology, positive stereotype, Cathy Hwang