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Stereotypes and Prejudice: Identification & Definition

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Stereotypes and Prejudice Worksheet

Please complete the following exercises, remembering that you are in an academic setting and should remain unbiased, considerate, and professional when completing this worksheet.

Part I

Select three of the identity categories below and name or describe at least 3 related stereotypes for each:

- Race
- Ethnicity
- Religion
- Gender
- Sexual orientation
- Age
- Disability

Category Stereotype 1 Stereotype 2 Stereotype 3

Part II

Answer each question in 50 to 100 words related to those stereotypes. Provide citations for all the sources you use.

- What are the positive aspects of stereotypes, if any?
- What are the negative aspects of stereotypes?

Part III

Answer each question in 50 to 150 words related to those stereotypes. Provide citations for all the sources you use.

- Define stereotypes and prejudice. What is the difference between stereotyping and prejudice? Use examples to illustrate the differences.
- What is the relationship between stereotyping and prejudice?
- What can be done to prevent prejudice from occurring?

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The first question requests that you choose three of the seven listed identity categories and name and describe at least three stereotypes for each. When thinking about stereotypes, remember that they are constructed contextually. In other words, people living within a certain locale or specific environment (i.e. village, town, city, state/province, country) will have different stereotypes for the same category. Stereotypes are partly based on learned associations and are usually just descriptive (i.e. an idea or image) and used for reference. What is evident is that stereotypes can be oriented both positively and negatively.

Race
Although the following link reveals some humour in the stereotypes listed, these stereotypes are real:
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-racial-stereotypes.php?wpst=1

(Please copy and paste the link into a new browser window and press enter or return)

You will find the following scholarly article beneficial in your research:
http://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2006/04/maddox.aspx

Ethnicity
Ethnic stereotyping is also sometimes referred to as cultural stereotyping. The difference between racial and ethnic stereotyping is that racial stereotyping would refer to the physical characteristics of an individual and ethnic stereotyping would refer to cultural traditions, linguistic commonalities, and even religious likeness, in addition to racial characteristics.

The following link provides examples of ethnic stereotypes under the heading "Culture":
http://examples.yourdictionary.com/stereotype-examples.html

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Solution Summary

This three part solution will assist the student in working through stereotypes related to specific identity categories. The second part will assist the student in identifying positive and negative aspects of stereotypes, and the third part will assist the student in defining and illustrating the differences between stereotyping and prejudice.

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