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Presuppositions # 14 – Mapping stereotypes

A stereotype is definitely a chunk or a sub part (hyponym) of the umbrella term (hypernym) presupposition – which is a thing tacitly assumed beforehand. There are a lot of other things one can put under this umbrella such as: beliefs, values, attitudes, preconceived ideas, views, notions, premises etc.

A fun way of expressing different views or to put it another way; to cement stereotypes is made by the visual artist and graphic designer Yanko Tsvetkov. He has drawn different maps of e.g. Europe and South America but with perspectives such as: ‘Europe according to USA’, ‘Europe according to the Vatican’ etc. Please watch and smile and think of which stereotypes you have that help you in your daily life and if you have any that prevent progress.

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