Stereotyped Identification: How Identifying with Fictional Latina Characters Increases Acceptance and Stereotyping

Bryan McLaughlin, Nathian S. Rodriguez, Joshua A. Dunn, Jobi Martinez

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Abstract

This article applies the concept of stereotyped identification—the idea that cognitively and emotionally identifying with fictional minority characters can simultaneously increase acceptance of minorities while reinforcing stereotypes about how they look, act, and talk—to the context of Latina television characters. Specifically, we employed a national survey measuring participants’ exposure to Latina TV characters; levels of identification with TV characters; and attitudes toward, and stereotypes about, Latinas. Results are consistent with the prediction that through identification, exposure to Latina TV characters is related to more favorable feelings toward Latinas, as well as higher levels of stereotyped views of Latinas as sexualized and melodramatic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-605
Number of pages21
JournalMass Communication and Society
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2018

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