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Ch 8: Theories of Prejudice

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Review of this chapter on theories of prejudice can enhance your understanding of normative social influence, Karl Marx's theories, the authoritarian leader, and much more. These brief lessons and quizzes can help you prepare for an exam or assess your understanding of the concepts covered.

Theories of Prejudice - Chapter Summary

While going through these lessons, you can deepen your knowledge concerning theories of prejudice. One of the topics covered is the social conflict theory, which views the social aspect of life as a competition. This self-paced chapter can also help you understand how frustration can lead to aggression. In addition, you can review what Karl Marx believed about social class. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Discuss theories on what makes people prejudiced
  • Recall revisions to the frustration-aggression theory
  • Explain the benefits of an authoritarian or autocratic leader
  • Provide an example of normative social influence
  • List different types of reference groups
  • Discuss circumstances under which people are most prejudiced
  • Discuss three social power theories
  • Explain the difference between socialism and capitalism

The easy-to-follow teaching style used by our instructors can help you quickly get up to speed on theories of prejudice. Vocabulary words are highlighted in bold for quick reference and review. A brief quiz is available to test your knowledge of each lesson, and the quizzes can be printed for use as a helpful study tool. You can also use your personal Dashboard to keep track of the lessons you've completed and your quiz results.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: Theories of Prejudice
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Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins

1. 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.

Frustration-Aggression Theory: Definition & Principle

2. Frustration-Aggression Theory: Definition & Principle

What is a feeling that can cause aggression and violence? Frustration. In this lesson, we'll focus on the feeling of frustration and how it can lead to aggressive tendencies. With the help of examples, you'll learn about the frustration-aggression theory and its revisions.

The Authoritarian or Autocratic Leader

3. The Authoritarian or Autocratic Leader

If you've ever had to deal with a boss who's a control freak, this lesson on autocratic leaders may help you see your boss in a new light. Yes, there can be advantages when one person has complete control over decision making.

Normative Social Influence: Definition & Example

4. Normative Social Influence: Definition & Example

Normative social influence is a type of conformity and provides one explanation for why people go along with group actions. In this lesson, you will learn the definition of normative social influence, explore a famous example, and take a quiz.

Reference Group in Sociology: Definition, Examples & Types

5. Reference Group in Sociology: Definition, Examples & Types

A reference group is a group that we compare ourselves to for the purpose of evaluating our behaviors. Learn more about the different types of reference groups from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Social Conflict Theory in Sociology: Definition & Contributors

6. Social Conflict Theory in Sociology: Definition & Contributors

Social conflict theory sees social life as a competition and focuses on the distribution of resources, power, and inequality. Let's take a look at a few of the key aspects of this perspective and test our knowledge with a quiz.

Realistic Conflict Theory and Discrimination: Definition & Examples

7. Realistic Conflict Theory and Discrimination: Definition & Examples

Why are people prejudiced against others? Under what circumstances are people most prejudiced? In this lesson, we will explore the realistic conflict theory of prejudice, which offers possible answers for why prejudice happens and when prejudice is highest.

Social Power Theories: Pluralist, Power-Elite & Marxist Models

8. Social Power Theories: Pluralist, Power-Elite & Marxist Models

This lesson will explain and differentiate three major theories of power in society: The pluralist model, the power-elite model and the Marxist model.

Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

9. Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will discuss the difference between socialism and capitalism, how Karl Marx believed that social class dictated one's social life and who were the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

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