Stereotypes and Prejudice

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Stereotypes and Prejudice
LaSonji Hill
James Rivera
University of Phoenix

Stereotypes - Unreliable exaggerated generalizations about all members of a group that do not take individual differences into account. Prejudice – A negative attitude toward on entire category of people such as a racial or ethnic group. Labeling Theory – A sociological approach introduced by Howard Becker that attempts to explain why certain people are viewed as deviants and others engaging in the same behavior are not.

|Category |Stereotype 1 |Stereotype 2 |Stereotype 3 | |Race |all African American people like|all Caucasian people are very |all Asians are really smart | | |fried chicken |wealthy | | |Age | old people are out of shape |Younger people live are care |Older people has more knowledge | | | |free |about life than younger people | |Gender |Boys are much smarter than girls|Girls are more mature than boys |Men are better drivers than | | |in math | |women |

I had to think for a long time before I came up with some positive stereotypes. I feel that although one can mentioned something positive about a group of people it could still be a negative one as well. Case and point all African American people can cook some good fried chicken, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese. I believe that this can be a disappointment when one finds an African American person that can not cook anything at all. In contrast, the negative aspects of...
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