April 18, 2010
Social Biases Paper
A bias is often described as a preference towards a particular way of thinking or viewing something. To be biased means that a person’s attitude or behavior is influenced by a particular prejudice. A person may or may not be aware that he or she has a bias. Social biases are considered a problem in society due to one group looking down on another person or group because that group feels they are better than the other. The social influence that some groups have can generate common biases. Social biases can be very damaging and can hinder interaction between people. (Fiske, 2010).
Define the concepts of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination Prejudice is a feeling or attitude towards the individuals of a group, formed only on the bases of his or her membership in that group. Stereotypes deal with generalizations about others which usually cause a view of predictable or typical characteristics of other groups. For example, Keith is a male and probably behaves in a particular way. Discrimination is the actual action from a person or group toward another person or group that is the subject of prejudice. Stereotypes can classify people into groups based on similar characteristics or attributes. Stereotypes have the ability to distort a person’s perspective. When a stereotype becomes active, the characteristics associated with the group, negative or positive, easily can be recalled. Stereotypes can affect social judgments, how much one person likes another and what behaviors are expected. There has been a times where due to stereotyping a person or group will become self fulfilling. Prejudice as an attitude and can act as a plan for gathering information about other members of a group. Information that is compatible with prejudices usually gets more attention from others and is more likely to be remembered. Even if the information that is shared is positive, most...