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Ch 6: Ethnocentricity, Prejudice & Stereotypes

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Ethnocentricity, Prejudice & Stereotypes - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive chapter discusses foundational terms and issues related to stereotypes, prejudice and ethnocentricity. As you work through these expertly taught and informative lessons, you'll see how these concepts are evident in communications and how they can be prevented. The chapter comes with self-assessment quizzes that reinforce important terms and concepts from the lessons. Be sure to take the chapter exam, and feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions. When you're finished, you should be able to:

  • Define the concepts of ethnocentricity, prejudice, discrimination, stereotypes and xenophobia
  • Assess several cultural perceptions, including ideal culture, real culture, ethnocentricity and cultural relativism
  • Evaluate the manifestation of stereotypes and ethnocentricity in communications
  • Discuss ideas and theories related to the origins of prejudice
  • Explain how stereotypes and prejudices are maintained by self-serving attributions
  • Recognize examples of stereotype threats
  • Describe the relationship between stereotypes and information processing
  • Differentiate between ingroups and outgroups
  • Understand the purpose and limitations of the contact hypothesis
  • Identify and prevent racism in communications

13 Lessons in Chapter 6: Ethnocentricity, Prejudice & Stereotypes
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Ethnocentricity: Definition & Examples

1. Ethnocentricity: Definition & Examples

Ethnocentricity is the belief that your own cultural or ethnic group is superior to that of another. Learn more about ethnocentricity from examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

2. Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

The way we perceive culture - both our own and that of others - is affected by many things. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between perceptions of ideal culture and real culture. We also examine ethnocentrism and compare it to the idea of culture relativism.

Ethnocentricity & Stereotypes in Communications

3. Ethnocentricity & Stereotypes in Communications

Understanding is often the key to intercultural communication. Barriers to understanding other cultures are ethnocentrism, prejudice and stereotyping. This lesson discusses these barriers and ways to prevent them.

Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

4. Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

There are many different types of people in the world. What happens when one person thinks or feels a certain way about an entire group of people? Watch this lesson to find out about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins

5. Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins

Why do some people dislike entire groups of people? What causes prejudice? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the theories about what makes people prejudiced, including scapegoat theory, authoritarian personality, and culture theory.

How Self-Serving Attributions Maintain Stereotypes & Prejudice

6. How Self-Serving Attributions Maintain Stereotypes & Prejudice

Attributions are the reasons that we give for why a particular outcome occurred. What do they have to do with stereotypes and prejudice? This lesson answers that question, as well as explains different types of attributions.

Stereotype Threat: Definition & Examples

7. Stereotype Threat: Definition & Examples

What happens when someone is put in a situation where they might prove a stereotype correct? In this lesson, we'll review what stereotype threat is, what effects it can have on performance, and how to reduce it.

Stereotypes and Automatic & Controlled Information Processing

8. Stereotypes and Automatic & Controlled Information Processing

People process information in many different ways. In this lesson, we'll explore two ways of processing information, automatic and controlled, and how they relate to stereotypes and prejudice.

Ingroup vs. Outgroup: Definition and Explanation

9. Ingroup vs. Outgroup: Definition and Explanation

How do the groups we belong to influence the stereotypes we hold? In this lesson, we'll examine ingroups and outgroups and their effects on stereotypes.

Contact Hypothesis: Definition, Limitations & Criteria for Successful Contact

10. Contact Hypothesis: Definition, Limitations & Criteria for Successful Contact

For many years, social psychologists have studied ways to reduce prejudice. In this lesson, we will review the contact hypothesis on how to reduce prejudice, examine the famous Robbers Cave experiment, and see what types of contact work best in the fight against prejudice.

Racism in Communications: Identification & Prevention

11. Racism in Communications: Identification & Prevention

No matter how hard we try, we all sometimes make premature judgments about people by stereotyping them. This lesson discusses common racial stereotypes and provides practical advice on shutting down such talk.

Xenophobia: Definition & Examples

12. Xenophobia: Definition & Examples

In present day we hear a lot about people being xenophobic, but what exactly does that mean? This lesson will discuss xenophobia, its symptoms, and some examples.

What Is Discrimination? - Definition & Examples

13. What Is Discrimination? - Definition & Examples

Discrimination is the act of treating someone differently or unjustly based upon some characteristic. Learn about legal and illegal discrimination, federal laws that protect us from being discriminated against, and more.

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