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?
While 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 intergroup 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.
About the Author
Perry R. Hinton is a psychologist and professor in the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. His research is in the area of stereotyping and intercultural communication. His previous books include The Perception of People: Integrating Cognition and Culture; Stereotypes, Cognition and Culture and The Psychology of Interpersonal Perception.