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ERIC Number: EJ883386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
The Development of Social Essentialism: The Case of Israeli Children's Inferences about Jews and Arabs
Birnbaum, Dana; Deeb, Inas; Segall, Gili; Ben-Eliyahu, Adar; Diesendruck, Gil
Child Development, v81 n3 p757-777 May-Jun 2010
Two studies examined the inductive potential of various social categories among 144 kindergarten, 2nd-, and 6th-grade Israeli children from 3 sectors: secular Jews, religious Jews, and Muslim Arabs. Study 1--wherein social categories were labeled--found that ethnic categories were the most inductively powerful, especially for religious Jewish children. Study 2--wherein no social category labels were provided--found no differences across sectors either in the inductive potential of ethnic categories or in children's capacity to visually recognize social categories. These results stress the importance of labels and cultural background in children's beliefs about social categories. The implications of these findings for accounts of the development of social essentialism are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel