Define the following terms:
Stereotypes Unreliable, exaggerated generalizations about all members of a group that do not take individual differences into account
Prejudice A negative attitude toward an entire category of people, such as a racial or ethnic minority
Labeling theory The act of the majority negatively labeling the minority and influencing them to adhere to the label
Select three of the identity categories below and name or describe at least 3 related stereotypes for each:
• Sexual orientation
Category Stereotype 1 Stereotype 2 Stereotype 3
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People also saw them suited to be convenience store clerks, which shows that they don’t think them capable of doing anything difficult or of being professionals. The same people asked identified Italian Americans as crime bosses, and they would most likely act around them as if anything bad that they say could get them or their family hurt.
Answer each question in 150 to 250 words related to those stereotypes:
• What is the difference between stereotyping and prejudice? Use examples to illustrate the differences.
The difference between stereotyping and prejudice is that stereotypes are exaggerated generalizations about a certain group while prejudice is just how a person feels personally about that group. A person may know the stereotype that blacks are criminals, but if they have had nothing but positive experiences with black people, they probably would not treat them the way they would someone they thought would rob them. People also might question the stereotype that blacks like living on welfare if all the ones they have known are good citizens with excellent jobs that take good care of their families.
• What is the relationship between stereotyping and prejudice?
The relationship between stereotyping and...