The sources of prejudice

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The sources of prejudice Sociologists and psychologists hold that some of the emotionality in prejudice stems from  subconscious attitudes that cause a person to ward off feelings of inadequacy by projecting them  onto a target group. By using certain people as  scapegoats —those without power who are unfairly  blamed—anxiety and uncertainty are reduced by attributing complex problems to a simple cause:  “Those people are the source of all my problems.” Social research across the globe has shown that  prejudice is fundamentally related to low self-esteem. By hating certain groups (in this case,  minorities), people are able to enhance their sense of self-worth and importance.  Social scientists have also identified some common social factors that may contribute to the  presence of prejudice and discrimination:  1. Socialization.  Many prejudices seem to be passed along from parents to children. 
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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