Cultural stereotypes and identity constructs

UEL Cultural stereotypes and identity constructs
Whenever scientists (socio-psychologists, semiologists, didactics experts, literary theoreticians and cultural history specialists) try to understand how we think – how we apprehend the world and others, in what ways and by what means we express ourselves, they inevitably come across phenomena of “naturalization” (the accident is transformed into nature, the circumstance into essence), regardless of the fact that it means creating myths or what we normally and frequently describe, without any precision, as “stereotypes”, “clichés”, “commonplace” and “prejudices”.

Generally speaking, researchers agree that the stereotype in itself is neither good nor bad but inevitable, or even useful, for organizing views and for social cohesion. But they also agree – particularly following the example of cultural study specialists – that the stereotype can have a harmful effect when representing others, in particular, in the image that dominant groups forge of those that they intend to keep under their authority: women, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities.

Module held in French.

Assessment methods

Written exam or personal work.

(Code = XL5ESP14)