At 9pm on Thursday December 15, listen to Dr. Daniel Sadigh interview Dr. Jerome Rabow on BlogTalkRadio on the subject “Political Psychology of Stereotyping and Ethnocentrism”. Call-in number to speak with the host during the show: (909) 533-8385.
Have you ever judged someone or been judged based on your culture or ethnicity? Have you ever stereotyped others just because you intended to reduce the overload of information and simplify your understanding of a group of people? There is a certain chance that regardless of your racial, sexual or religious identity, you have sub-divided people according to their language, behavior, customs, and ideologies. There is even a higher chance that you have been categorized by those who think of themselves as the “right” type of people based on their own cultural understandings.William Sumner has described ethnocentrism as the “the technical name for this view of things in which ones own group is the center of everything, and all others are scaled and rated with reference to it” (Sumner, 1906).
Our society is filled with stories of racism and our communities are segregated by discrimination. Although there is considerable evidence that stereotypes can have considerable truth and stereotyping is seen as a strategy of successive approximations towards valuable generalizations in an environment of restricted information, both ethnocentrism and stereotyping can lead to racism. Race and racism continue to be major factors in the politics of many nations; therefore we need to understand such elements of political psychology.
Dr. Sadigh and his guest, Dr. Jerome Rabow, will examine the theories that predict people who place a high value on their own group will tend to scorn outsiders and seriously damage the healthy relationships of being inclusive and non-judgmental.
About My Guest: Dr. Jerome Rabow received his Ph.D in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and started teaching at UCLA in 1965 in the Sociology Dept. where he is a Professor Emeritus. He continues to teach in the Honors College and is also a lecturer in Sociology at CSUN for nine years.
Dr. Rabow is the President and Founder of CCODE (The Center for the Celebration of Diversity through Education), a diversity training organization working in the private and public sectors. He is a Licensed MFT for 35 years and practices at Encino and Century City. He has also co-authored the popular Tutoring Matters (Everything you always wanted to know about tutoring) published by Temple University Press.
Click the play button to listen: rabow-btr-15Dec2011.mp3