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Stereotype Dynamics
Language-Based Approaches to the Formation, Maintenance, and Transformation of Stereotypes

ISBN 9780805856781
Published August 30, 2007 by Psychology Press
422 Pages

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Book Description

This volume addresses the role of communication in stereotype dynamics, while placing the phenomenon of social stereotypes appropriately in the socio-cultural context. Stereotype Dynamics assembles top researchers in the field to investigate stereotype formation, maintenance, and transformation through interpersonal facets of communication.

Section one presents meta-theoretical perspectives, strongly informed by theories and empirical research. Subsequent parts address the following research questions in the perspectives of language-based communication:

  • What do the signs in a language mean, and how do the meanings of the signs shape stereotypes?
  • How do people use those signs intentionally or unintentionally? Is language use biased in some way?
  • How do language users' identities affect the meaning of a particular language use in social context?
  • What are the social consequences of language-based communication? Does language-based communication provide a basis for the formation, maintenance, and transformation or social stereotypes?

This timely book is ideal for advanced students, scholars, and researchers in social psychology, and related disciplines such as human communications and sociolinguistics. It is also appropriate for use as a supplement in upper level courses on prejudice and stereotyping.

Table of Contents

Contents: Y. Kashima, K. Fiedler, P. Freytag, Stereotype Dynamics: An Introduction and Overview. Part I: Stereotype Dynamics. G. Semin, Stereotypes in the Wild. V. Yzerbyt, A. Carnaghi, Stereotype Change in the Social Context. A. Lyons, A. Clark, Y. Kashima, T. Kurz, Cultural Dynamics of Stereotyping. Part II: Symbolic Mediation and Stereotyping. K. Fiedler, M. Blümke, P. Freytag, S. Koch, C. Unkelbach, A Semiotic Approach to Understanding the Role of Communication in Stereotyping. A. Carnaghi, A. Maass, Derogatory Language in Intergroup Context: Are “Gay” and “Fag” Synonymous? S. Sczesny, J. Bosak, A.B. Diekman, J. Twenge, Dynamics of Sex Role Stereotypes. Part III: Stereotype and Language Use. C. Wenneker, D. Wigboldus, Interpersonal Consequences and Intrapersonal Underpinnings of the Linguistic Expectancy Bias. K.M. Douglas, R.M. Sutton, C. McGarty, Strategic Language Use in Interpersonal and Intergroup Communication. P. Freytag, Sender-Receiver-Constellations as a Moderator of Linguistic Abstraction Biases. Part IV: Stereotype Sharedness and Distinctiveness. M. Karasawa, S. Suga, Retention and Transmission of Socially Shared Beliefs: The Role of Linguistic Abstraction in Stereotypic Communication. O. Klein, S. Tindale, M. Brauer, The Consensualization of Stereotypes in Small Groups. F. Pratto, P.J. Hegarty, J.D. Korchmaros, How Communication Practices and Category Norms Lead People to Stereotype Particular People and Groups. Part V: Identity, Self-Regulation, and Stereotyping. M. Hornsey, Intergroup Sensitivity Effect: Responses to Criticisms of Groups. R.M. Sutton, K.M. Douglas, T.J. Elder, M. Tarrant, Social Identity and Social Convention in Responses to Criticisms of Groups. J. Keller, H. Bless, Communicating Stereotype Expectancies: The Interplay of Stereotype Threat and Regulatory Focus.

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"I think it is critically important for social psychologists to focus more on the influence of language and communication across the areas within the discipline, and I believe this volume will stand as a milestone in the movement of social psychology back to studying human interaction." - David Roskos-Ewoldsen, Ph.D., University of Alabama

"The authors are all outstanding ... The chapters are timely and important." - Charles Stangor, Ph.D., University of Maryland

"… Kashima et al. achieve their goals for this volume… The reader is left with a new appreciation for the social nature of stereotyping, as well as an awareness of the limitations of a strict social cognition perspective… I would recommend this volume for the editors’ intended audience of advanced scholars and students in social psychology, linguistics, and communication." – Matthew L. Newman, PsycCRITIQUES