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Appendix B Eth125 Essay

1287 words - 6 pages

Appendix B

Part I

Define the following terms:

Term Definition
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 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.

Part II

Select three of the identity categories below and name or describe at least 3 related stereotypes for each:

Sexual orientation
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Other than that being used as a reference then I do not believe that there is any positive aspects of stereotypes.

What are the negative aspects of stereotypes?

The negative aspects of stereotypes are more plentiful than the positive since people in general do not understand something or encountered people they do not know and to save from feeling like they are naïve they will just put them in a group of something that they can make themselves seem important or better than. Like some whites believing they are better than any other race. Or a religious group professing to be the true word of God they are preaching and that no one else’s beliefs are valid and are not worthy to live if they do not convert to their religion instead. Many wars are fought over religion and who is right or wrong no one can really say, how do we know in a society of so many religions? Other negative aspects would be the same as the gang theory, if you see someone dressed similar to a gang banger but they turn out not to be one, from first glimpse of them that is the thought most would have and put them in that stereotype without considering if it was true or not.

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.

Stereotyping is where society puts people and things in a select group to categorize them to make them smaller or less of a threat to themselves. To make them seem superior than the said group. A form of stereotyping is as I read in the text about a dentist who was driving on a certain highway and was pulled over by police dozens of times due to the fact he was African American. This was due to racial profiling by police and is wrong to do it due to a person skin color. Just because he was Black he was singled out by the police as a target, that he must be doing something wrong because he is Black. That can lead to prejudice where white people mainly who have a problem with Black people just because of the fact they are Black. Others would because of either the crime rate in their town is done by more Black people than any other race or that they see them as all bad because of a few that are. They can also see them as they were back when the African people were brought here as slaves and it was taught in their family from generation to generation. The enslavement of any race is wrong no matter the color. That time was a sad time in our history and one I can only wish people could let go of. Prejudice...

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