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Social Influence – Prejudice

5. Sexism

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Lecture

In this module we think about sexism, a form of discrimination based on a person’s sex or gender. We begin by exploring the topic of gender stereotypes, focussing in particular on Fiske’s Stereotype Content Model (2002), and think about why gender stereotypes are harmful. We then look at the difference between hostile and benevolent sexism and discuss why the latter, although sometimes considered positively, is particularly insidious. Finally, consider the question how gender stereotypes are maintained, focussing in particular on the role of the media and the underrepresentation of women in positions of power.

Course

In this course, Dr Juliet Wakefield (Nottingham Trent University) discusses prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. We begin, in module one, with a definition of these three concepts, before moving on, in module two, to explore some social psychological explanations for prejudice, focussing in particular on the ‘authoritarian personality’ and Realistic Conflict Theory. Next, we think about a classic study exploring the latter – Sherif’s Robbers Cave study – in module three. Module four focusses on Social Identity Theory as a way of explaining how ingroup-outgroup dynamics can serve to fuel prejudice. In module five, we think about a specific target of prejudice by considering sexism or gender discrimination, while module six looks at the potential effects of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination on those targeted and their wider communities.

Lecturer

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).

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Wakefield, J. (2019, September 27). Social Influence – Prejudice - Sexism [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/prejudice/sexism

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Wakefield, J. "Social Influence – Prejudice – Sexism." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://www.massolit.io/courses/prejudice/sexism

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