(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.
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  • “To enforce its power and sustain its privileges, the dominate ethnic group employs certain tools, which can be subsumed under the categories of prejudice and discrimination. Widely held beliefs and values regarding the character and capacities of particular groups are necessary to assure the long-range durability of ethnic inequality. These beliefs and values take the form of prejudices, that is, negative ideas expressing the superiority of the dominant group” (Marger 1985:45).

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Marger, Martin. 1985. Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.