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In this lecture, we think about sexism, a form of discrimination based on a person’s sex or gender, focusing in particular on: (i) the topic of gender stereotypes, including Fiske’s stereotype content model (2002); (ii) why gender stereotypes are harmful; (iii) the difference between hostile and benevolent sexism; (iv) why the latter, although sometimes considered positively, is particularly insidious; (v) how gender stereotypes are maintained, including the role of the media and the underrepresentation of women in positions of power.
In this course, Dr Juliet Wakefield (Nottingham Trent University) discusses prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. In the first lecture, we look at a definition of these three concepts. In the second lecture, we explore some social psychological explanations for prejudice, focusing in particular on the ‘authoritarian personality’ and realistic conflict theory. In the third lecture, we think about a classic study exploring the latter – Sherif’s Robbers Cave study. Next, we focus on social identity theory as a way of explaining how ingroup-outgroup dynamics can serve to fuel prejudice. In the fifth lecture, we think about a specific target of prejudice by considering sexism or gender discrimination. In the sixth and final lecture, we look at the potential effects of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination on those targeted and their wider communities.
Dr Juliet Wakefield is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Dr Wakefield is a member of the Groups, Identities, and Health research group and has research interests in the social identity approach and implications of group membership. Some of Dr Wakefield’s recent publications include ‘Communities as conduits of harm: a social identity analysis of appraisal, coping and justice-seeking in response to historic collective victimisation’ (2022) and ‘The link between family identification, loneliness, and symptom severity in people with eating disorders’ (2022).
Cite this Lecture
Wakefield, J. (2019, September 27). Social Influence – Prejudice - Sexism [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/prejudice/sexism
Wakefield, J. "Social Influence – Prejudice – Sexism." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://www.massolit.io/courses/prejudice/sexism