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    Hi.
    On reading about stereotypes and prejudices, I faced several unanswered questions. I would appreciate having your help. Thank you in advance.
    Are stereotypes only restricted to social groups? How could stereotypes be different from other types of knowledge?

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    Re: Stereotypes?

    Stereotypes could be made about any sort of group- ethnic, national, religious, political, social, etc.

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    Re: Stereotypes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuno View Post
    How could stereotypes be different from other types of knowledge?
    I would characterize stereotypes as beliefs, not knowledge.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Stereotypes?

    There's also often an emotional or judgemental element to stereotypes, frequently resented and rejected by those being stereotyped.

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    Re: Stereotypes?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I would characterize stereotypes as beliefs, not knowledge.
    How do beliefs differ from knowledge?

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    Re: Stereotypes?

    You can believe something that isn't true, without any basis of knowledge.

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    Re: Stereotypes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuno View Post
    How do beliefs differ from knowledge?
    A stereotype illustrates the difference very clearly: a person holding one believes that members of a certain group are all prone to certain behaviors. This belief is unaffected by the facts that constitute actual knowledge.
    I am not a teacher.

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