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Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Third Edition
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April 2017 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The updated Third Edition of this best seller presents a highly readable examination of diversity from a unique psychological perspective to teach students how to understand the social and cultural differences in today’s society. By exploring how individuals construct their view of social diversity and how they are defined and influenced by it, author Bruce Evan Blaine and new coauthor Kimberly J. McClure Brenchley present all that psychology has to offer on this critically important topic. 

The new edition features chapters on traditional topics such as categorization, stereotypes, sexism, racism, and sexual prejudice. Further chapters explore nontraditional diversity topics, such as weightism, ageism, and social stigma. Integrated throughout the text are applications of these topics to timely social issues. 

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Psychology of Diversity
Diversity Is Social Difference  
Making Sense of Diversity  
The Psychology of Diversity: A Conceptual Framework  
Chapter 2 Categorization and Stereotyping: Cognitive Processes That Shape Perceived Diversity
Social Categorization  
The Neuropsychology of Categorization  
Consequences of Social Categorization and Stereotyping for Perceiving Diversity  
Chapter 3 Stereotypes Expressed: Social Processes That Shape Diversity
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy  
Stereotypes Expressed in Language and Communication  
Stereotypes Expressed in the Media  
Chapter 4 Prejudice: Evaluating Social Difference
Prejudice: Basic Concepts  
Self-Esteem and Prejudice: Using Prejudice to Define and Defend Ourselves  
Anxiety and Prejudice: Using Prejudice to Reassure Ourselves  
Public Image and Prejudice: Avoiding the Appearance of Prejudice  
Chapter 5 Understanding Racial Stereotypes and Racism
Race and Ethnicity  
Racial Stereotypes  
Chapter 6 Understanding Gender Stereotypes and Sexism
Gender Stereotypes  
Gender Differences and Similarities  
Explaining Gender Differences  
Chapter 7 Understanding Sex Stereotypes and Heterosexism
Sexual Minority Categories and Sexual Orientation  
Chapter 8 Understanding Obesity Stereotypes and Weightism
Obesity Stereotypes  
Weightism: Weight-Based Prejudice and Discrimination  
The Psychological and Social Consequences of Weightism  
Chapter 9 Understanding Age Stereotypes and Ageism
Old-Age Categorization and Stereotyping  
Old-Age Prejudice  
Are Old-Age Stereotypes Self-Fulfilling Prophecies?  
Discrimination of Older Workers  
Chapter 10 Social Stigma: The Experience of Prejudice
Understanding Stigma: Basic Components  
Dimensions That Affect Stigma  
Implications of Stigma for Identity: Mindfulness and Stereotype Threat  
Chapter 11 Coping With Social Stigma
Social Consequences of Stigma  
Psychological Consequences of Stigma  
Physical Consequences of Stigma  
Positive Consequences of Stigma?  
Coping With Prejudice: Stigma Management  
Chapter 12 Responding to Social Inequality: Behavioral and Cognitive Interventions for Reducing Prejudice
Behavioral Interventions  
Cognitive Interventions  
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors


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  • Microsoft® Word® test bank containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
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ISBN: 9781483319230