Sociology and Psychological Prejudice

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Prejudice in the World Today; Will it Ever End?
According to “Causes of Prejudice” by Vincent N. Parrillo, there are many causes to this complex phenomenon. Many social scientists have attempted to identify the causes of prejudice, but no single factor is to blame. Prejudice happens all around the world every second of every day. During this essay I am going to address the possible causes of this phenomena by looking at the psychology approach as well as the sociological standpoints to this problem in our world. I will also address the question: “Will prejudice ever cease to exist in our world?” This question is very controversial, but through observation the answer is obvious. The main reason I want to address this question as the main topic of my essay is because I want more than anything to be optimistic about us as a civilization to be able to get rid of prejudice. Prejudice hurts people every single day. I see it on campus all this time, as well as hear it as a common conversation for those around me. I have also been a victim of prejudice. Some forms for prejudice are good but most are bad and meant to hurt the targeted group. Every person and every group has been victims of prejudice at one point or another. Hopefully I will find through this essay that we can one day get rid of the world’s prejudices.

“Prejudice is the glass through which most things are seen and judged." This quote by Edward Counsel, a past public service head and surveyor in Tasmania, shows how strong prejudice is in our world today. Whether it is through ethnocentrism, stereotyping, socialization, etc. people fall victim or victimize another through this phenomenon regularly. For most, it is just a part of life or the way they were brought up, and it just comes naturally to think this way. Prejudice is defined as: “a system of negative beliefs, feelings, and action orientations regarding a certain group or groups of people.” There are many different opinions on how...
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