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The social aetiology of essentialist beliefs

  • Cliodhna O'Connor (a1) and Helene Joffe (a1)

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This commentary highlights the importance of attending to the sociocultural contexts that foster essentialist ideas. It contends that Cimpian & Salomon's (C&S's) model undervalues the extent to which the development of essentialist beliefs is contingent on social experience. The result is a restriction of the model's applicability to real-world instances of essentialism-fuelled prejudice and discrimination.

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The social aetiology of essentialist beliefs

  • Cliodhna O'Connor (a1) and Helene Joffe (a1)

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