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The Development of Social Essentialism, Vol 59. Advances in Child Development and Behavior

  • ID: 4911842
  • Book
  • July 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 300 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Expecting a gentle baby tiger to inevitably grow up to be ferocious, a young girl growing up in a household of boys to prefer princesses to toy trucks, or that liberals and conservatives are fundamentally different kinds of people, all reflect a conceptual commitment to psychological essentialism. Psychological essentialism is a pervasive conceptual bias to think that some everyday categories reflect the real, underlying, natural structure of the world. Whereas essentialist thought can sometimes be useful, it is often problematic, particularly when people rely on essentialist thinking to understand groups of people, including those based on gender, race, ethnicity, or religion. This Volume will bring together diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives on how essentialist thinking about the social world develops in childhood and on the implications of these beliefs for children's social behavior and intergroup relations more generally.
  • This volume draws on diverse theoretical perspectives from psychology, philosophy, and linguistics, and empirical work from experiments with children and cross-cultural studies to provide a comprehensive view of how social essentialism develops.
  • This volume addresses the link between cognition (essentialist beliefs) and social behavior, with implications for prejudice, morality, the justice system, and inter-group relations.
  • By drawing on a diverse evidence base, this volume addresses how beliefs emerge from the interplay among children's conceptual biases and their social experiences.
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1. How does social essentialism develop? Marjorie Rhodes 2. Why do children essentialize social groups? Gil Diesendruck 3. Contextualizing the development of social essentialism Kristin Pauker 4. Essentialist belief about nationality categories Aidan Feeney 5. Kindhood and essentialism: evidence from language Joshua Knobe 6. Structural explanation: re-thinking social categories Nadya Vasilyeva 7. The development of moral essentialism and its consequences for law Larisa Heiphetz 8. Does racial essentialism lead to prejudice? It's not so black and white Tara Marissa Mandalaywala
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