Prejudice is described as “an unfair negative attitude toward a social group or a member of that group” (Dovidio and Gaertner 1999, p. 101). In the field of social psychology, prejudice and the concepts of stereotypes and discrimination are among the core aspects in the area of group perception. This triad of group perception components is interlinked. For instance, both prejudice and stereotypes can feed into discrimination and vice versa; stereotypes may lead to prejudice; and prejudice may rationalize stereotypes (Brehm et al. 1999).
Gordon Allport (1954), through his book The Nature of Prejudice, is recognized as the pioneer proponent who positioned the basics of prejudice. His work in this area is noted as having a lasting influence on both the field of social psychology and the scholars who followed suit because he was the kind of intellectual who...
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