Lecture 24-March 14,2011
prejudice- negative attitude toward a distinguishable group
stereotypes-study done in 1933, Catts and Brainey study where people had to write
adjectives that correlated with a certain race.
Ex. stereotypes of cars, people who drive Buicks are old, people who drive Plymouths are
Stereotypes often have level of inaccuracy. Inaccuracies that reflect superiority of one
group over another. Ex. of one stereotype is that immigrants that come to Canada are
ignorant and not educated like Canadians.
Don’t stereotype, focus on characteristics of individuals.
Why is prejudice prevalent in the world?
Why can we just get along?
Learning theory or explanation of prejudiceif you grow up in prejudice society you
learn to be prejudice. Ex. mom and child are out buying groceries and sees a German.
mom says stay away from the German, that filthy thing, and child learns to be prejudice
to that kind.
Competition for scarce resourceswhen people compete with each other for scarce
resources, they tend not to like each other. Ex. we’re Canadian they’re taking our jobs
away from us.
Imagine a situation when your with someone at work and your frustrated with them.
They’re frustrated and try to retaliate.
You can explain prejudice in terms of frustration, targeting a minority group.
Frustration leads to the ability to aggress.
Personality very well know personality type describe to account for the extreme
prejudice of the Nazi people of the war. after war social scientist psychologist wanted to
know what was going on.
Personality is like when you got mad at parent when you were young but couldn’t do
anything cause they were in power.
Prejudice is really an aggression of deep seated stuff.
Social dominance orientationas a personality type, refers to that some people tend to
feel that there is an appropriate and valid hierarchy in the world, that its okay to refer to
some countries higher than others.
conforming to social normsex. prof saying how his dad said don’t bring black people
when he was young, not so much of black people but of what the neighbours would think
when they say john with a black person.
Institutional prejudice/discriminationpractice policies of large institutions like
government and law. Laws that are dictating what could happen and not. Structure of
society that has ways of discriminating Ex. in USA, south part, separation of blacks and
whites in schools in the late 60s.
Individual prejudice/discriminationchoosing to be nice/not nice to people. ex. landlord
not renting apartment to a certain group or race.
Prof claims that institutional prejudice is no longer a major problem in Canada. We are
shown in Section15(1) section of charter of rights. Student challenges prof by saying how