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Vlasta Janská

Social construction of prejudicial typization of people with mental illness


We use categorization to organize and understand the world around us. Those categories can be in some cases changed into stereotypes or prejudices which have important and negative influence on particular group of people or person. Theory of social constructivism is one of the way how we can explain existence and prejudicial typization keeping in the face of people with mental illness.


mental illness, typization, social constructivism, prejudice, stereotype

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