Do You Believe That Stereotyping Is Inevitable?

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Week 4 DQ 1 Do you believe that stereotyping is inevitable? Explain your answer. Fiske, (2010) report that category-based responses or reactions include stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. All types of bias involve some form of category-based responses, which are the way one reacts to another person as an interchangeable member of a social group. Individuals have the most negative category-based responses to the groups that they do not personally belong (outgroups) and usually have more positive views on one’s own group (ingroup). Stereotyping involves attaching to a person, one’s cognitive expectancies and associations regarding the group. They are basically beliefs about the characteristics of group members and theories about why those qualities go together. They are set ideas that go together with a category, acting to justify our affective and behavioral reactions to the category. The reason I’m discussing category-based responses, beliefs regarding characteristics of group members, and set ideas is because they all influence our tendency to stereotype. According to Lepore & Brown (1997) it generally assumed that stereotypes are automatically activated with perception of a category member. Often stereotypes are viewed as networks of connected attributes variously conceptualized. It has been long assumed that stereotyping and prejudice is an automatic and inevitable consequence of categorization, which in turn, has been viewed as an adaptive and functional process. Particularly individual memberships in basic categories such as age, race, and gender seem to be attended to automatically. The associated stereotypes become activated with the perception of the category and influence judgments and behaviors. Negative group stereotypes are thought of as the cognitive component of prejudice. Therefore, prejudice springs from normal cognitive

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