How Stereotypes Deceive Us

ISBN : 9780192845559

Katherine Puddifoot
256 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Sep 2021
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Stereotypes sometimes lead us to make poor judgements of other people, but they also have the potential to facilitate quick, efficient, and accurate judgements. How can we discern whether any individual act of stereotyping will have the positive or negative effect? How Stereotypes Deceive Us addresses this question. It identifies various factors that determine whether or not the application of a stereotype to an individual in a specific context will facilitate or impede correct judgements and perceptions of the individual. It challenges the thought that stereotyping only and always impedes correct judgement when the stereotypes that are applied are inaccurate, failing to reflect social realities. It argues instead that stereotypes that reflect social realities can lead to misperceptions and misjudgements, and that inaccurate but egalitarian social attitudes can therefore facilitate correct judgements and accurate perceptions. The arguments presented in this book have important implications for those who might engage in stereotyping and those who are at risk of being stereotyped. They have implications for those who work in healthcare and those who have mental health conditions. How Stereotypes Deceive Us provides a new conceptual framework-evaluative dispositionalism-that captures the epistemic faults of stereotypes and stereotyping, providing conceptual resources that can be used to improve our own thinking by avoiding the pitfalls of stereotyping, and to challenge other people's stereotyping where it is likely to lead to misperception and misjudgement.


1 Introduction
2 Defining Stereotypes and Stereotyping
3 The Multiple Ways Stereotypes Deceive Us
4 False Social Attitudes, their Value and the Implications for the Ethics of Stereotyping
5 Where Ethical and Epistemic Demands Meet: Learning from the Role of Stereotyping in Medicine
6 Stereotyping, Misperception and Disclosure of Social Identity: Mental Health and Beyond
7 Stereotypes and Epistemic Value
8 Evaluative Dispositionalism
9 Conclusion

About the author: 

Katherine Puddifoot obtained her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield in 2012. She held lecturing positions at the University of Bristol and University of Glasgow before completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Birmingham from 2015 to 2018 on the ERC-funded project PERFECT. She has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on stereotyping, implicit bias, memory biases, and epistemic injustice.

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