If singles are perceived differently, and often more negatively, than are people who are married, how widespread are those perceptions? Do only married people perceive singles more negatively, or do single people endorse more negative views, too? Is discrimination against people who are single recognized as discrimination and as illegitimate, or as just the way things are? Why would any group of people endorse a set of beliefs and practices that disadvantage them? These are questions about ideology. The study of ideology is part of a longstanding tradition in political science and psychology, but the concepts have not been applied to the study of singles.
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