Vincent Parrillo's Causes Of Prejudice By Vincent N. Parillo

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Vincent N. Parrillo is a professor who teaches Sociology at William Paterson University in New Jersey. In his short essay “Causes of Prejudice,” he states that there are many kinds of levels in prejudice that are based on six different theories. Within those six different theories, it includes authoritarian personality, self-justification, frustration, socialization, and social norms. According to Race/Class: A State of Being United, numerous writers such as Daniel Winer and Rosabelle Price Walkley has agreed with Vincent N. Parrillo “Causes of Prejudice” and describes the word prejudice as an “attitudinal system of negative beliefs, feelings and action orientation regarding a certain group or groups of people.” There are certainly more than…show more content…
In order to describe and explain the real reasons behind the racism and discrimination that has been happening within the United States. Parillo divides his essay into two parts and in the first part, he starts by citing information to his readers about the psychological causes such as levels of prejudice, self-justification, personality and frustration. In the second part of his essay, he then gives the contrasting sociological reasons which are: socialization, economic competition, and social norms. When writing “Causes of Prejudice” Parillo does a fantastic job on giving very strong and informational statements and then he backs it up with a good variety of historical observations and statistical evidence which makes his essay an extremely reliable to his…show more content…
Parrillo, then provides the last two theories of psychological prejudice: frustration and authoritarian personality as a closing statement. Bestowing upon sociologist Theodor W. Adorno and a few of his colleagues from University of California, Berkeley, they reflect a multitude of characterizations as to why these two factors has the greatest contribution to how a person’s chain of thought reflects based on where they were raised and also the experiences that they had encountered during their early childhood. While other influential sociologists and researchers like Edward Shils, he challenged the question that there is more to it than just the problems from early childhood experiences. We must also reconsider the social conflicts that have been happening without having to ignore what is actually affecting

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