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By Kristin J. Anderson

Whereas overt prejudice is now less conventional than in many years earlier, sophisticated prejudice - prejudice that's inconspicuous, oblique, and sometimes subconscious - maintains to pervade our society. legislation don't safeguard opposed to refined prejudice and, due to its covert nature, it's tricky to monitor and often is going undetected by way of either offender and sufferer. Benign Bigotry makes use of a clean, unique layout to check refined prejudice through addressing six often held cultural myths in accordance with assumptions that seem innocuous yet truly foster discrimination: 'those humans all glance alike'; 'they has to be in charge of something'; 'feminists are man-haters'; 'gays flaunt their sexuality'; 'I'm no longer a racist, i am color-blind' and 'affirmative motion is opposite racism'. Kristin J. Anderson skillfully relates every one of those myths to actual international occasions, emphasizes how error in person considering can have an effect on society at huge, and indicates ideas for decreasing prejudice in way of life.

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In this section, a number of experimental studies in social psychology will allow us to see how scientific research can explain day-to-day belief and behavior. Finally, I will outline some strategies for change, emphasizing both the value of applying an analytical perspective to ordinary life and the importance of developing deliberate techniques we can all employ to help overcome benign bigotry and its often devastating consequences. Osama, Obama – The Difference One Consonant Can Make Governor Pataki in New York says he knows what to do.

They all look (and act) alike: the outgroup homogeneity effect Social psychologist Jennifer Boldry and her colleagues29 conducted a meta-analysis on the outgroup homogeneity effect. A metaanalysis is a statistical procedure whereby the calculations from previously conducted studies on a particular topic are combined into one giant or “meta” analysis. A meta-analysis is therefore a kind of statistical summary that gives a thorough summary of a particular topic. Boldry and her colleagues compiled the statistical information from 173 studies, carried out over several decades, which examined some aspect of the outgroup homogeneity effect.

48 “Those people all look alike” • 39 Is there always an outgroup homogeneity effect? Not necessarily. Indeed, an ingroup homogeneity effect can occur in a variety of circumstances. Sometimes you’ll find an ingroup homogeneity effect in which people think of members of their own group as similar to each other. There are at least two instances in which outgroup homogeneity does not occur and ingroup homogeneity does. People in well-defined minority groups – meaning that there is specific information about them as members of a certain group, and that they are the numerical minority – will tend to engage in ingroup homogeneity.

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