Mapping Stereotypes – The Geography of Prejudice

I see so many terrific ways to educate using these beautiful maps. What is the difference between a stereotype and a generalization, how do we use information to inform rather than to box people in, how might others see us or our team members (hopefully before they get to know us)…

And, as with any “loaded” tool, how do we get “beyond” or “use” the pitfalls, the errors, the hurt or misunderstanding tools such as these can cause?

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How would you use, and not use, these images?

2 thoughts on “Mapping Stereotypes – The Geography of Prejudice

  1. Hi Dianne, my first reaction when I encountered these maps a few months back was the same as yours: what a great way to open a discussion on stereotypes and how to deal with them. However, when my colleague used one of the maps to explain something to a training participant after the class, one of the other participants did not even wait to hear a proper explanation but stormed off deeply insulted. Her husband later also confronted me very angrily on this issue and even questioned our ethics and capabilities as trainers using such maps. They were not open for any explanations. I would therefore recommend a thorough introduction before using these maps, not everybody seems to be able to see through them… (Funnily enough they were not insulted by a name given to their ot any country/countries, but by the fact that the map claimed to express the opinions of Americans about the rest of the world – not what I would have expected!)


    • VERY interesting response from the participant, Monique. Thank you for sharing it! The graphics are definitely provocative and filled with stereotypes!

      It underscores the need for all of us to lay the appropriate groundwork before presenting any new material, to understand participants’ learning styles, and that so-very-important reality: where they are developmentally re: intercultural. I also strongly feel the need for a facilitator to use methods s/he feels comfortable with; there must be a match of styles and trust in the method or the method won’t work. Having said that, we can do all the due diligence in the world, and provocative (sometimes not-so-provocative) methods can go haywire.


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