Stereotypes and the Construction of the Social World explores the complexity of stereotypes, guiding the reader through issues of definition and theoretical explanations from psychology and other disciplines. The book examines why people use stereotypes, which have often been represented as inaccurate, rigid and discriminatory. If that is what they are, then why would people employ such ‘faulty’ or ‘biased’ views of others?
Whilst this book presents a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the psychological research into the individual use of stereotypes, it also presents this research within its ideological and historical context, revealing the important sociocultural factors in what we mean by ‘stereotypes’. From the politics of representation and inter-group power relations, alongside individual social cognitive issues, the book provides a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary account of stereotypes and stereotyping.
Featuring a wealth of real-world examples, it will be essential reading for all students and researchers of stereotypes.
"In this impressive study of stereotypes, Perry Hinton discusses the discrepancies in their common usage, the problems associated with their social and cultural applications, and the overall complexities attendant on the conceptual attributes of the term. He deals with both the ideological purposes and consequences of stereotyping, and the possibilities of critical challenge and rejection. Along with all this, he takes into account the historical development of the term and the ways in which approaches to it have changed over time and varied within specific periods. The book is wide-ranging, clearly set out and accessibly written. I thoroughly recommend it." - Professor Michael Pickering, Loughborough University, UK.
Chapter 1: What are stereotypes?
Chapter 2: The invention of the stereotype
Chapter 3: Stereotypes in mind
Chapter 4: Stereotypes, prejudice and social groups
Chapter 5: Sharing stereotypes
Chapter 6: Stereotypes and ideology
Chapter 7: Stereotypes and everyday stories
Chapter 8: ‘Stereotypes’ and the construction of the social world.