Textual Analysis about Stereotype In Crash
I think this movie is the best movie to demonstrate stereotype. In this movie, everyone is stereotyped and everyone stereotypes others. This movie portrayed people of different races and present how people from different cultures stereotype others. The first concept that I want to illustrate is “out group homogeneity”. “Out group homogeneity” means that people tend to see outgroups less diverse than themselves whereas they view themselves as unique and individual. Outgroup members are viewed as highly similar. The ingroup members tend to attribute that the outgroup members have the same characteristics and personalities. The outgroup homogeneity effect was observed in wide and diverse groups, which contains national, religious, political and age groups. For example, the black guy who robbed the car hit an Asian man and he called him “Chinaman”. Is Chinese the representation of Asian? In this movie, anytime he saw Asian, he called them “Chinaman”. However in the following story, I know that the Asian man is actually Korean. This example indicates that people tend to think that all the Asians are the same and usually they are recognized as Chinese. The black guy sees Asians less diverse than his group. The second concept is “illusory correlation principle”. Hamilton and Gifford (1976) indicate that when a negative behavior was performed by a group member, even though this behavior is just performed by one person of that group, the outgroup members still make a connection with the whole group. A single instance of unusual behavior by a member of a group is sufficient to shape an association between group and behavior. There is a very good example about that. After two black guys robbed the white woman, she thought that all of the black people were dangerous. She couldn’t trust the black guy who helped her fix her lock because she thought that he might break into her house and hurt her. After the bad thing happend, she...
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