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Stereotypes as Explanations: The Formation of Meaningful Beliefs about Social Groups

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Stereotypes as Explanations: The Formation of Meaningful Beliefs about Social Groups Edited by Craig McGarty, Vincent Y. Yzerbyt, Russell Spears Hardcover: 225
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      Stereotypes as Explanations: The Formation of Meaningful Beliefs about Social
      Groups
      Edited by Craig McGarty, Vincent Y. Yzerbyt, Russell Spears
      Hardcover: 225 pages
      Publisher: Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 0521800471; (October 2002)
      AMAZON - US
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0521800471/darwinanddarwini/
      AMAZON - UK
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0521800471/humannaturecom/

      Stereotyping is one of the biggest single issues in social psychology, but
      relatively little is known about how and why stereotypes form. Stereotypes as
      Explanations is the first book to explore the process of stereotype formation,
      the way that people develop impressions and views of social groups.
      Conventional approaches to stereotyping assume that stereotypes are based on
      erroneous and distorted processes, but the authors of this book take a very
      different view, namely that stereotypes form in order to explain aspects of
      social groups and in particular to explain relationships between groups. In
      developing this view, the authors explore classic and contemporary approaches
      to stereotype formation and advance new ideas about such topics as the
      importance of category formation, essentialism, illusory correlation,
      interdependence, social reality and stereotype consensus. They conclude that
      stereotypes are indeed explanations, but they are nevertheless highly
      selective, variable and frequently contested explanations.

      Contributors

      Craig McGarty, Vincent Y. Yzerbyt, Russell Spears, Steve Rocher, Patricia M.
      Brown, John C. Turner, Mari√ętte Bernsden, Joop van der Pligt, Olivier
      Corneille, S. Alexander Haslam, Penelope J. Oakes, Katherine J. Reynolds,
      Bertjan Doosje

      Contents

      Preface; 1. Social, cultural, and cognitive factors in stereotype formation
      Craig McGarty, Vincent Y. Yzerbyt and Russell Spears; 2. Stereotype formation
      as category formation Craig McGarty; 3. Subjective essentialism and the
      emergence of stereotypes Vincent Y. Yzerbyt and Steve Rocher; 4. The role of
      theories in the formation of stereotype content Patricia M. Brown and John C.
      Turner; 5. Illusory correlation and stereotype formation: making sense of group
      differences and cognitive biases Mari√ętte Bernsden, Russell Spears, Joop van
      der Pligt and Craig McGarty; 6. Dependence and the formation of stereotyped
      beliefs about groups: from interpersonal to intergroup perception Olivier
      Corneille and Vincent Y. Yzerbyt; 7. Four degrees of stereotype formation:
      differentiation by any means necessary Russell Spears; 8. From personal
      pictures in the head to collective tools in the world: how shared stereotypes
      allow groups to represent and change social reality S. Alexander Haslam, John
      C. Turner, Penelope J. Oakes, Katherine J. Reynolds and Bertjan Doosje; 9.
      Conclusion: stereotypes are selective, variable and contested explanations
      Craig McGarty, Russell Spears and Vincent Y. Yzerbyt.
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