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Ch 6: Understanding Racism & Discrimination

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Check out this chapter on understanding racism and discrimination if you're getting ready for a psychology test or trying to finish your homework. Each short, interesting lesson provided here is accompanied by a self-assessment quiz, so you can identify any areas that need more work.

Understanding Racism & Discrimination - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find lessons on racism and discrimination you can work through at your own pace. The definitions of these concepts are presented, plus an overview of stereotypes and prejudice, the history of racism and contexts for sexism. To make sure you can study when it works best for you, these lessons are accessible 24 hours a day from a computer, tablet or mobile phone. The quizzes we've provided with the lessons and the test at the end of the chapter make handy test prep tools. Help from one of our expert instructors is available when you submit your questions through the Dashboard. This chapter is designed to assist you in achieving the following:

  • Define xenophobia and list examples
  • Discuss ethnocentricity and what it entails
  • Explain ageism and stereotyping the elderly
  • Define ableism
  • Outline the psychology of nativism and its impact
  • Provide a definition and examples of racial discrimination
  • Describe the study of gender and sexual discrimination in psychology
  • Identify the impact of religious discrimination
  • Detail atheist persecution and discrimination
  • Outline the history of age discrimination
  • Discuss cases involving reverse discrimination

15 Lessons in Chapter 6: Understanding Racism & Discrimination
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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.

What Is Racism? - Definition, Examples & History

2. 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.

Sexism: Gender Differences and Contexts

3. 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.

Xenophobia: Definition & Examples

4. 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.

Ethnocentricity: Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Ageism & Stereotyping the Elderly: Definition & Examples

6. 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?

Ableism: Definition & Examples

7. 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.

Psychology of Nativism: Definition, Examples & Impact

8. Psychology of Nativism: Definition, Examples & Impact

Understanding nativism is key to comprehending sentiments opposing immigrants in the United States today. This lesson offers an overview of nativism and its impact from a psychological point of view.

Racial Discrimination: Definition & Examples

9. Racial Discrimination: Definition & Examples

Racial discrimination has been practiced for centuries and has had a profoundly negative impact on the lives of many people. In this video, you'll learn how to define racial discrimination and explore some examples of how it's been used in society.

Study of Gender Discrimination in Psychology: Examples & Impact

10. Study of Gender Discrimination in Psychology: Examples & Impact

Understanding gender discrimination is an important part of making sense of gender differentials in life outcomes. This lesson discusses the psychology and impact of gender discrimination with the help of examples.

Study of Sexual Discrimination in Psychology: Examples & Impact

11. Study of Sexual Discrimination in Psychology: Examples & Impact

Being discriminated against because of sexual orientation can have a major psychological impact, and it can be complex to understand. This lesson discusses the history, causes and effects of sexual discrimination on a psychological level.

Study of Religious Discrimination in Psychology: Examples & Impact

12. Study of Religious Discrimination in Psychology: Examples & Impact

Understanding the ways religious discrimination can impact people's thinking and emotional well being is very important to the overall study of diversity in psychology. This lesson discusses examples and impact of religious discrimination in psychology.

Atheist Discrimination & Persecution

13. Atheist Discrimination & Persecution

Atheists, people who don't believe in the existence of God, make up a sizable portion of the world's population. They face discrimination, persecution and even death in not only underdeveloped nations but also liberal democracies like the United States.

History of Age Discrimination

14. History of Age Discrimination

Discrimination is not limited to race or sex. In this lesson, we'll talk about the history of age discrimination and see what the law has to say about this issue today.

Reverse Discrimination: Definition, Examples & Cases

15. Reverse Discrimination: Definition, Examples & Cases

Reverse discrimination can be a confusing and emotional topic. Through this lesson, you'll learn what defines reverse discrimination and come to understand how it works in society.

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