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The Concept of Social Bias
A discussion on the concept and impact of social biases.
# 151526 | 1,266 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 24, 2012 in Psychology (Social)

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The paper defines the concepts of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination, and illustrates the differences between subtle and blatant bias. The paper discusses the impact of bias on the lives of individuals and evaluates intergroup interaction and scholarly research as strategies that are used to overcome social biases.

The Concepts of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination Defined
The Differences between Subtle and Blatant Bias
The Impact of Bias on the Lives of Individuals
Evaluation of Two Strategies Employed to Overcome Social Biases

From the Paper:

"The concept of prejudice involves an emotional reaction based upon one's feelings with regard to a specific individual as he or she relates to his or her identifiable group. The purpose of prejudicial behavior, whether conscious or unintentional, is to objectify or devalue an individual with regard to his or her potential misconduct even though no specific misconduct exists (Fiske, 2010). Prejudicial behavior is usually preceded by and can be a byproduct of stereotypical thought. In an attempt to make sense of one's perception of the world, one must categorize information and understanding in a manner that includes stable and recognizable beliefs and ideas. Stereotyping necessitates the application of cognitive associations and expectancies as they relate to a particular group; this approach provides a sense of control and manageability for the individual or group who employs stereotypical behavior. Although most contemporary definitions of stereotyping do not assert a degree of accuracy (Fiske, 2010), discrimination is usually the result. Discrimination involves actions or behaviors based upon biased thought and more specifically, stereotypes and prejudices. Discrimination leads to inequality, rejection, and unscrupulous treatment of those within the out group and may become manifest in avoidance, segregation, verbal attacks, physical violence, or genocide. Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination are each a forms of bias (Fiske, 2010); however, differences do exist between subtle and blatant bias."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fogliasso, C. E., & Hicks, J. (2012). The Americans with Disabilities Act: Legal Requirements, Ethical Considerations. Franklin Business & Law Journal, (1), 1-8.
  • Fiske, S. T. (2010). Social Beings Core Motives in Social Psychology (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Son, Inc.
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