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abedford
#1 Posted : Monday, July 25, 2016 5:24:36 AM
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What's an example of a neutral stereotype?
jamieward
#2 Posted : Monday, July 25, 2016 9:32:02 PM
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Stereotypes are generalized beliefs about people based on their membership in a particular group. Stereotypes can be negative (making derogatory comments about the group), positive (suggest that the group does well in a certain domain, e.g. "members of an ethnic group are really smart"), or neutral (no value judgement, but a generalization nonetheless). One example of a neutral stereotype that I can think of is that we often talk about Western cultures being individualistic whereas Eastern cultures are perceived as being more collectivist. This is a gross oversimplification (and hence a stereotype), but there's no qualifiers about whether being individualist or collectivist is good/bad, and someone could easily argue one over the other based on personal opinions.
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