The theories of prejudice outlined by Vincent N. Parillo specifically explain the season for an average American housewife to treat a young girl so inhumanely. 1. The cognitive level of prejudice encompasses a person’s beliefs and perceptions of a group as threatening or nonthreatening. 2. Emotional level of prejudice encompasses the feelings that a minority group arouses in an individual. 3. An action-orientation level of prejudice is the positive or negative predisposition to engage in discriminatory behavior. 4. In the socialization process, individuals acquire the values, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of their culture or subculture, including religion, nationality, and social class.
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