Sociology

Besides the IAT, what measurements do sociologists use to measure prjudice?

What makes you think the IAT measure prejudice and bias? There is a big controversy over just that point.


I don't know of any reliable tests.

There used to be a "Nonesuch" test, which asked something like, "Out of 100 people in each category, how many would have to be present before you would feel uncomfortable?"

The categories included all sorts of races, nationalities, religions and ethnic groups. However, within these categories were three "Nonesuch" groups — Danerian, Wallerian and another that I cannot remember.

They found that the level of acceptance of the Nonesuch groups corresponded closely to the level of low acceptance of various outgroups for that person. This is just one attempt to measure prejudice. This led the researchers to conclude that the prejudices were — to a great extent — a function of the perceiver's suspicions of unknown groups in contrast to actual characteristics of the outgroups.

Other studies have shown that, as one gets to know outgroup members on an individual basis, usually prejudiced attitudes against that group tend to be reduced.

This is just one attempt to measure prejudice. I searched Google under the key words "prejudice measure" to get these possible sources:

http://www.psy.unsw.edu.au/Users/BHippel/Articles/1997.vHSV.JESP.pdf
http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:cxtWKq1uijkJ:www.wjh.harvard.edu/~dcarney/DRCarney.with.ident.info.pdf+prejudice+measure&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=2&client=safari
http://www.sparknotes.com/psychology/psych101/socialpsychology/section2.rhtml
http://www.diversityweb.org/Digest/Sp.Sm00/tolerance.html

There are many more sources, if you want to continue the search.

Since prejudice is influenced by so many factors, it is very difficult to measure on a reliable basis. Even so, some basic trends can be indicated.

I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

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