Misperceptions of the Social World: What We Get Wrong About Sex, Race, Money, and Violence

1st Edition

Eric Beasley

Routledge
Published December 13, 2017
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9781138105232 - CAT# Y333995

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Summary

This volume elucidates some of the very concrete ways in which Americans misperceive the social world and how we are all subject to biases and illusions. As such, it challenges the assumption in much social science theorizing that people are rational actors by exploring how the machinations of cognition, the effect of our past experiences, the news, and social media feeds all factor into our opinion-making process. The chapters highlight common, and often incorrect, perceptions of population diversity, sexual behavior, the economy, health, and relationships. It shows how correcting these misperceptions of the social world can lead to real behavioral and attitudinal change.

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