(noun) A favorable or unfavorable preconceived feeling or opinion formed without knowledge, reason, or thought that prevents objective consideration of person, group, or thing.
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- Plural: prejudices
- Prejudice can be positive or negative but the term typically connotes negative feelings or opinions about an individual or group.
- Prejudice when contrasted to discrimination can be viewed as a theory of inequality (a cause) and discrimination as the practice (an effect) but a prejudiced person does not necessarily discriminate.
- The term prejudice is typically used in the discussion of racial issues but is applicable to other issues such as gender issues, political issues, and religious issues.
- affirmative action, hate crime,
- Word origin of “prejudice” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Allport, Gordon W. 1954. The Nature of Prejudice. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
- Dovidio, John F., Peter Samuel Glick, and Laurie A. Rudman, eds. 2005. On the Nature of Prejudice: Fifty Years after Allport. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Kawakami, Kerry, Elizabeth Dunn, Francine Karmali, and John F. Dovidio. 2009. “Mispredicting Affective and Behavioral Responses to Racism.” Science 323(5911):276–78. doi:10.1126/science.1164951.
- Plous, Scott, ed. 2002. Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination. Boston: McGraw-Hill.
- Stangor, Charles, ed. 2000. Stereotypes and Prejudice: Essential Readings. Philadelphia: Psychology.
- Whitley, Bernard E., and Mary E. Kite. 2016. The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge.
- Allport, Gordon W. 1954. The Nature of Prejudice. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.
Marger, Martin. 1985. Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.