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This week, you examine prejudice, a hostile or negative attitude toward a distinguishable group of people based solely on their membership in that group. People are prejudiced against many aspects of identity: nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation (e.g., liberals, conservatives, feminists), social membership (e.g., fraternity and sorority members), appearance (e.g., redheads, short people), and even professions and hobbies. Prejudice is clearly ubiquitous and it affects all of us—majority group members as well as minority group members.
You also examine the converse—what makes people like each other initially and how relationships, romantic and friendship, progress. You explore the meaning of love, how new technologies shape attraction and social connections, what brings satisfaction in close relationships, and research about romantic breakups.
Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Sommers, S. R. (2019). Social psychology (10th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.
Chapter 10, “Attraction and Relationships: From Initial Impressions to Long-Term Intimacy”
Chapter 13, “Prejudice: Causes, Consequences, and Cures”
Choose two or more of the following articles for review, of which you then write about one:
Arends-Tóth, J., & van de Vijver, F. J. R. (2009). Cultural differences in family, marital, and gender-role values among immigrants and majority members in the Netherlands. International Journal of Psychology, 44(3), 161–169.
Hiew, D. N., Kim Halford, W., van de Vijver, F. J. R., & Liu, S. (2015). Relationship standards and satisfaction in Chinese, Western, and Intercultural ChineseWestern couples in Australia. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46(5), 684– 701.
Madathil, J., & Benshoff, J. (2008). Importance of marital characteristics and marital satisfaction: A comparison of Asian Indians in arranged marriages and Americans in marriages of choice. Family Journal, 16(3), 222–230.
Davidson, J. (Director), & Davidson, F. (Producer). (2005). Mary Ainsworth: Attachment and the growth of love [Video file]. Palo Alto, CA: Davidson Films. Retrieved from http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search.alexanderstreet.com/pexp/view/work/1780100
This video demonstrates attachment and the importance of close relationships. A baby monkey uses a cloth mother as a safe haven and a secure base, rather than the nutrition-providing wire monkey.Scroll down past “Segments” until you get to “Clips.” The required 20-second video clip is titled Harlow’s Monkey clip. The entire video is approximately 37 minutes.
Devine, P. G., Forscher, P. S., Austin, A. J., & Cox, W. L. (2012). Long-term reduction in implicit race bias: A prejudice habit-breaking intervention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(6), 1267–1278. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3603687/pdf/nihms396358.pdf
Marti, M., Bobier, D., & Baron, R. (2000). Right before our eyes: The failure to recognize non-prototypical forms of prejudice. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 3(4), 403–418.
Miller, S. L., Zielaskowski, K., & Plant, E. A. (2012). The basis of shooter biases beyond cultural stereotypes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(10), 1358–1366.
Langfitt, F. (2015, March 26). Modern love in China: Shaking your smartphone to find your soul mate [Audio file]. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/03/26/395475084/modern-love-in-china-shaking-your-smartphone-to-find-your-soul-mate
Chang, J., & Dazols, L. (2015, May). This is what LGBT life is like around the world [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/jenni_chang_and_lisa_dazols_this_is_what_lgbt_life_is_like_around_the_world
Stereotypes are beliefs about the typical characteristics of members of a group. Prejudice is the evaluation of a group or of an individual based on membership in a group. Prejudice commonly is based on race or ethnicity, but also may be based on socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, weight or physical appearance, sexual orientation, age, disability, and/or other such characteristics. Discrimination is the behavioral component of prejudice, typically demonstrated by negative behavior toward a person based on prejudicial attitudes. Together, these three concepts in social psychology result in highly destructive beliefs, behaviors, and interactions about, toward, and with others. If discrimination is to be reduced in society, it is essential to understand where prejudice comes from, how it is sustained, and how it can be reduced.
Post a brief explanation of one twentieth- or twenty-first-century example of prejudice against a specific group and identify associated stereotypes and discriminatory behaviors. You should not be a member of the group and you should not actively oppose the group in your Discussion. Explain an effect of this prejudice on individuals or society. Use specific examples. Then, apply elements of theory from your readings to explain a cause of this specific prejudice and to recommend a means of reducing this specific prejudice, either at the individual or societal level.
Respond to at least one of your colleague’s Discussion assignment postings in one of the following ways:
To access your rubric:
Week 5 Discussion Rubric
To participate in this Discussion:
Week 5 Discussion
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