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Was Walter Lippmann Interested in Stereotyping? Public Opinion and Cognitive Social Psychology (2009)


Walter Lippmann's Public Opinion is much cited but little read. A review of references to Public Opinion by social psychologists over the last 20 years reveals the widespread beliefs that (1) the book focuses primarily on group stereotypes and prejudice, and (2) the concept of stereotyping originated with Lippmann. However, stereotypes, as currently conceived---as opposed to schemata more generally---do not play a central role in the book, and Lippmann did not introduce the concept (although he may have broadened it). In addition, throughout his long and distinguished career, he showed little interest in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Nonetheless, Public Opinion is a seminal work in the area of cognitive social psychology and (like other little read citation classics) still deserves to be read---including, ironically, by students of stereotyping and prejudice. Keywords: stereotyping, cognitive social psychology, Walter Lippmann

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Authors & Contributors
Lubek, Ian
Wittmann, Barbara
Pastore, Nicholas
Burnham, John Chynoweth
Danziger, Kurt
MacMartin, Clare
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
History of Psychology
History of the Human Sciences
History of Psychiatry
Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Basic Books
Stanford University
Carlos Albizu University
Ohio University
Harvard University Press
Social psychology
Cognitive psychology
Terminology and nomenclature
Lippmann, Walter
Milgram, Stanley
Herbart, Johann Friedrich
Kelly, George Alexander
Baldwin, James Mark
Zutt, Jürg
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
18th century
North America: United States; Canada
United States
Great Britain

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