Essentialism goes social: belief in social determinism as a component of psychological essentialism.

@article{Rangel2011EssentialismGS,
  title={Essentialism goes social: belief in social determinism as a component of psychological essentialism.},
  author={Ulrike Rangel and Johannes Keller},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={100 6},
  pages={1056-78}
}
Individuals tend to explain the characteristics of others with reference to an underlying essence, a tendency that has been termed psychological essentialism. Drawing on current conceptualizations of essentialism as a fundamental mode of social thinking, and on prior studies investigating belief in genetic determinism (BGD) as a component of essentialism, we argue that BGD cannot constitute the sole basis of individuals' essentialist reasoning. Accordingly, we propose belief in social… CONTINUE READING
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