December 8, 2012
Dr. Patricia Cornelious
Stereotypes | “Unreliable, exaggerated generalizations about all members of a group that don not take individual differences into account.” (Schaefer, 2012, p. 40)| Prejudice | “A negative attitude toward an entire category of people, such as a racial or ethnic minority.” (Schaefer, 2012, p.35)| Labeling theory | “A sociological approach introduced by Howard Beckner that attempts to explain why certain people are viewed as deviants and others engaging in the same behavior are not.” (Schaefer, 2012, p.18)|
Race| All Whites are privileged.| All young Black men are associated with gangs.| All Asians are intelligent or good in martial arts.| Ethnicity| All Irish Americans are alcoholics.| All Polish Americans are uneducated.| All Jewish Americans are miserly and doctors.| Religion| All Mormons are polygamists.| All Amish do not bathe and are Anti-American| All Muslim’s are terrorists|
The only example of positive aspects in relation to stereotyping would be
to reference to the Amish. The Amish are considered to be hard working, do not use electricity, ride in horse drawn buggies, and live in secluded communities. All of these stereotypes associated with the Amish are positive, even though they are generalizations; they provide a positive view of the...