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To adequately investigate the question as to whether stereotypes are the psychological lubricant on intergroup behaviour several areas need to be considered In the context of this essay the concept of stereotypes needs to be defined Although Lippmann 1922 is credited with first using the term stereotype in this context it is perhaps Brown 1995 who offers the most applicable definition when he wrote that to stereotype someone is to attribute to that person some characteristics which are seen to be shared by all or most of his or her fellow group members p83 With this definition in mind this essay will firstly in an attempt to address the question make a brief review of some of the research that has been conducted on the formation of stereotypes Secondly this essay will move onto examine the function of these stereotypes in the individual both from the perspective of intergroup conflict and also in intergroup co-operation Thirdly this essay will also examine the research that has been carried out into the persistence of stereotypes Because of the vast amount of research that has been conducted in this area this essay will as far as possible concentrate primarily on the more recent research conducted within the last decade It appears from some of the research for example Hamilton and Gifford 1976 Hamilton and Sherman 1989 and Chapman 1967 that stereotypes are often derived from an over-awareness of statistically infrequent events More specifically that if an event occurs infrequently amongst a group then it is remembered more vividly than events which might occur on a more regular basis In a study carried out by Hamilton and Gifford 1976 they divided their participants into two groups with a disproportionate number of participants in the first group The participants were then informed of a number of desirable and undesirable behaviours It was found that despite the fact that members of both groups were just as likely to engage
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