What Are The Measurements Sociologists Use To Calculate Prejudice?

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Sociologists use different measurements to calculate prejudices. One of the main things that they do is look at the different social factors around a person and the way that they act to determine different prejudices.

  • Emory Bogardus theory
The main thing that was used in looking at these prejudices is the Emory Bogardus theory. Created in 1925, it looks at seven different social factors that can determine how a person will react or behave in relation to their preconceived ideas and their social motivators. This mainly looks at different ways in which people interact with others and looks to see if there are any reasons for traits in these reactions.

  • Why rather than how
Sociologists now believe that the why of prejudice is more important than the way that they show it, or the how. This is measured by looking at the different reasons that may be reflected in the culture of a person or what they have been exposed to. This will help when determining what they do and how they react. Some countries hold prejudices over other countries and these thoughts are said to be reflected in how a person will act in certain situations.

  • Finding out the why
There are many ways that the reasoning behind prejudices. Sociologists have to undertake a range of research about backgrounds and social activity in a person's life before they can start to make assumptions and decide the why behind prejudices. This can be costly research but as this is done, there will be more and more evidence surrounding the reason for prejudice and then the background for this can be used to generalize about groups in society once enough quality research is performed.
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I found the answer. There is no scientific way to calculate prejudice. Bogardus scale was one way though.

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