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Discuss The Different Ways In Which Our Society Reinforces Stereotypes. Give Reasons As To Why You Think Its NecessaryTo Categorizes People.

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03 October 2002 Candace Clarke Discuss The Different Ways In Which Our Society Reinforces Stereotypes. Give Reasons As To Why You Think Its Necessary To Categorizes People. A stereotype can be classed as a generalization of people, classifying people into a certain group, placing judgment on people based first impressions and in many different forms. This essay will discuss the way in which our society reinforces stereotypes, and why it seems necessary to categorize people. Society seems to stereotype people and place judgment on them in different ways. They generalize people by there jobs, the way they dress, they way they speak even down to the names they are given and in many other ways. For example, if we were told of someone with the name of Bob, we would never see them as a person that worked in the Houses of Parliament or an environment of that sort, where standards are set very high. Its more likely that we place them under a category of men who worked as builders, that spent a large majority of their time in the local pub, then would go home and watch television all night and are often seen with a can of something in there hands. ...read more.

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Adverts use stereotypes to appeal to their target audience. When advertising sports cars, the advertising companies almost always seem to use young professional looking males; you hardly ever see females behind the steering wheel, unless being used to add sex appeal. Another example would be when advertising household cleaning appliances. You never seem to see a man at the stove or with a hoover in his hands cleaning the house. The stereotype has been to say that it is only the women who clean and cook and tend to the entire domestic household needs. Media has added to this in the way in which they word articles in Tabloids. Instead of describing a person for the individual that they are, they put them in a class, and make general statements about them. To call a woman a house wife, would give the image of a woman who did nothing but clean the house and looked after her kids, when in actual fact she could be a retired millionairess who has a maid who does all the cooking and cleaning. ...read more.

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if they can take one part of them take on part of them and associate it with a certain type or class of people they feel less threatened because they supposedly know what they are like. Another reason why people may stereotype others is to be in control (and to reduce Anxiety). People would be very anxious and unsettled surrounded by people they dont understand, it may even be a little chaotic is peoples actions and behaviors were meaningless. We make perceptions and stereotype people in an aim to understand, just for our own benefit, just so that are not left guessing. Another reason why people stereotype, is so that they can plan/organize their own response to others. They make assumptions of people and mentally think of things to and not to say once engaged in conversation with them lest we offend at any point. If we have an idea of what they are like one can guess things that would not be suitable to say in their presence. Every one seems to stereotype and make assumptions on the first encounter with people that we dont know, whether it consciously or subconsciously. 1 ...read more.

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