Journal Article

Conquering Stereotypes in Research on Race and Gender

Bethany P. Bryson and Alexander K. Davis
Sociological Forum
Vol. 25, No. 1 (Mar., 2010), pp. 161-166
Published by: Wiley
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40542547
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Conquering Stereotypes in Research on Race and Gender
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Abstract

In responding to Epstein's essay "On Boundaries," we argue that the stereotypes that Epstein identifies as an ongoing component of racism served as the foundation of sociological scholarship a mere century ago. Today, we argue, it is the continued use of the term stereotype that serves as our "car window" and can hold us back from truly understanding race and gender. The use of the term stereotype is not (nor has it ever been) a useful analytic tool because the term invokes a individualistic and psychological argument where a sociological mechanism might be more fruitfully employed.