Stereotypes and Social Cognition

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SAGE Publications, Dec 1, 1994 - Psychology - 240 pages
Are stereotypes intrinsically erroneous? Do they have pragmatic value? What constitutes an adequate social judgment? These and other questions are answered in this ambitious and interesting book. While advancing a novel perspective, Stereotypes and Social Cognition also provides a coherent and much needed overview of the key arguments and empirical developments in research on stereotypes. Beginning with a definition of stereotypes, the authors cover a wide range of diverse literature and theoretical perspectives to present a comprehensive critique of the subject. The text spans a review of the classical work on psychodynamic and authoritarian theories to contemporary sociocultural research. Moreover, the authors offer a close analysis of key theoretical approaches including social identity theory, social cognition and self-categorization theory. At the same time, relevant cross-cultural issues are explored. This clearly written and engaging book will be essential reading for students and academics in social psychology and for anyone with an interest in the phenomenon of social stereotyping. "The theory presented here argues that stereotyping is not the faulty reasoning of a 'cognitive miser' but a pragmatic solution to dilemmas posed by everyday action. The book offers intriguing reinterpretations of research findings and the basis for a welcome theoretical debate." --Choice "In writing this book, the authors have provided us with an extensive review of research originally organized around a pragmatic conception of stereotyping. This new theory is one of the most integrative the field has ever had, as shown by the range of research it encompasses. . . . Sociologists will find here a major contribution by experimental social psychology to the understanding of the phenomenon of stereotyping as well as one of the most 'social-oriented' theories the field has produced in years." --Contemporary Sociology

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The Concept and Measure of Stereotypes
Classical Theories about Stereotypes
Social Identity Theory

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