Ch 5: Ideologies of Social Difference

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Review some of the different ideologies of social difference with our engaging chapter. Whether you're preparing for an upcoming exam or catching up on missed class, our short, interesting video and text lessons provide you with a comprehensive study guide you can use 24 hours a day.

Ideologies of Social Difference - Chapter Summary

These lessons explain the ideologies of social distance as they apply to the study of cultural diversity. Topics include the difference between stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, as well as examples of all of these concepts. You'll learn the definition of racism, its history and examples of it in action. Additional lessons describe the meaning of Social Darwinism and how ethnocentrism is defined in sociology. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Define social distance and the theories associated with it
  • Explain what sexism is and its different contexts
  • Describe the history of homophobia and heterosexism
  • Outline the history of classism
  • Give an example of ableism
  • Detail how the elderly are stereotyped and the definition of ageism

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10 Lessons in Chapter 5: Ideologies of Social Difference
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Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

1. 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.

Social Distance: Definition & Theory

2. Social Distance: Definition & Theory

Social distance exists in all societies. It is a perceived construct that is different for each individual, but is influenced by the culture in which a person lives. This lesson defines social distance and reviews its characteristics.

What Is Racism? - Definition, Examples & History

3. What Is Racism? - Definition, Examples & History

In this lesson, we will consider the meaning of the word 'racism.' We will define the word and look at how it has manifested itself throughout history by considering some examples.

Social Darwinism: Definition & Meaning

4. Social Darwinism: Definition & Meaning

Social Darwinism got its name due to the similar foundation it has to Charles Darwin's concepts of natural selection and the survival of the fittest. Darwin used these concepts to explain evolution. Learn about how these concepts are applied socially.

Ethnocentrism in Sociology: Definition & Examples

5. Ethnocentrism in Sociology: Definition & Examples

Have you ever taken a first look at someone different than you and immediately thought, 'He's a bad guy,' or 'I don't like him,' even though you had no specific reason? Sure, you don't have to like everyone you meet; however, if you assign a negative label to anyone different from you without reason, then ethnocentrism might be at play!

Sexism: Gender Differences and Contexts

6. Sexism: Gender Differences and Contexts

Sexism and gender differences can be seen in several different contexts within most modern societies. This lesson covers institutional sexism in four general areas: the workplace, family life at home, politics, and the military.

Heterosexism & Homophobia: Definition, Examples & History

7. Heterosexism & Homophobia: Definition, Examples & History

Heterosexuality is considered the dominant form of sexuality in our society. In this lesson, we'll talk about heterosexism, which is the idea that heterosexuality is the only form of sexuality. We'll also discuss homophobia, which refers to a hatred of individuals who do not identify as heterosexual.

History of Classism

8. History of Classism

There is no way to cover the entirety of what classism means in a short article, but this article will give you a brief introduction to the history of classism, and how it interacts with other kinds of prejudice and oppression.

Ableism: Definition & Examples

9. Ableism: Definition & Examples

Like racism and sexism, ableism is a form of discrimination against people. Unlike racism and sexism, ableism is sometimes invisible, as it has less to do with hating the disabled, and more to do with assumptions about normal ability status.

Ageism & Stereotyping the Elderly: Definition & Examples

10. Ageism & Stereotyping the Elderly: Definition & Examples

With this lesson, we will explore the cultural phenomena of ageism and stereotyping an individual due to their age. What stereotypes do you think you have against the elderly or growing older?

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