Labels And Stereotypes

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Labels And Stereotypes

  1. 1. Labels and Stereotypes
  2. 2. Generalizations <ul><li>a useful and necessary way to organize information about people and events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire is hot, ALWAYS (universal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharp sticks are DANGEROUS, especially when they’re pointed at my face (universal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vanilla ice cream is better than chocolate (personal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People with MOHAWKS are not like me (personal) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generalization all too often become substitutes for thought and experience </li></ul><ul><li>When generalizations are employed labels are used as the sole source of information about other people, they limit our understanding and describe only one aspect of a person. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Uncle Fred - biker Aunt Jennie - librarian Great-Aunt Phyllis - senior citizen Cousin George - Navy recruit
  4. 4. <ul><li>Professor Emeritus of Medical Anthropology at Georgetown University </li></ul><ul><li>Published six books on Latin American Colonial History </li></ul><ul><li>President of Doctors Without Borders </li></ul><ul><li>CEO of World Health Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Laureate and Nobel Peace Prize runner-up in 1995 and 2003 </li></ul>Uncle Fred
  5. 5. <ul><li>Weekend bartender at Coyote Ugly </li></ul><ul><li>Woman’s CHAMPION of Ironman in Hawaii (2000, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Suffers from Dyslexia and ADHD </li></ul><ul><li>Ambassador to United Arabic Emirates for Migrant Guest Workers </li></ul>Aunt Jennie
  6. 6. <ul><li>First generation Greenlander </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted felon by the FBI, CIA for money laundering </li></ul><ul><li>Organizer of St. Louis based drug cartel </li></ul><ul><li>Martial-arts instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Has no grandchildren </li></ul>Great-Aunt Phyllis
  7. 7. <ul><li>Can’t swim </li></ul><ul><li>Former mayor of Portland </li></ul><ul><li>Avid gardener and has won Best Roses in Portland 6 years running </li></ul><ul><li>Called out of Reserves and is being sent on his first tour of duty the week before Christmas </li></ul><ul><li>Has three little boys </li></ul>Cousin George

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