Stereotypesset by culture and Society
Thesociological aspect of stereotypes stretches back over centuries. Inthe 19thcentury, Industrial Revolution and urbanization led to the emergenceof diverse populations. Speaking in categories or stereotypes becameone way through which characterization of individuals could be doneas the city dwellers didn’t know each other. Stereotypes helpedwhen it came to comparing and contrasting groups, playing a vitalrole in communication when viewed from the structural-functionalperspective.
Stereotypespoint at the ideas people conceive about members of a particularethnicity or social group and many who oppose them argue that theyserve the needs of the groups that benefit from social inequality.Social psychologists have concluded that controlling stereotypingmakes it possible to speak of ethnic groups in America in other termsrather than stereotypes even though many people depend on them whenorganizing and processing information (Billings, Norman &Ledford, 2013). For this state to be achieved, a particular structurehas to be made socially. For instance, a peaceful coexistence ofgroups needs to be attained in America. Dominant groups canassimilate other groups and have equal powers with a common goalwhile relying on each other. With time, the distinction between thegroups ceases to exist suppressing stereotypes by assimilation.
Knowledgeis one sure way out of the social morass caused by stereotypes.Contact, maturity, and experience lead to the acquisition ofknowledge about the stereotyping process and the group subject tostereotypes hence obliterating stereotypes for rational people(Billings, Norman & Ledford, 2013). The social position of anindividual and the group they belong to determine their motivation tosuppress a stereotype. However, detecting stereotypes becomes simplerand their working clearer.
Billings,D. B., Norman, G., & Ledford, K. (2013). Backtalk from Appalachia: Confronting stereotypes.Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.