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The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9561-4
382 pages
August 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Promoting a scholarly understanding of the psychology of social and cultural diversity in the early stages of 21st century, this volume encourages an in-depth appreciation of the value in diversity while directly addressing social intervention and policy implications.
  • Offers, for the very first time, an integrated approach to the issues raised by  increasingly complex representations of social identity
  • Explores the psychological implications and applications of new forms of social and cultural diversity
  • Includes research from a diverse range of scholars that covers a broad spectrum of sub-disciplines
  • Discusses how the applications of multiculturalism and diversity research can encourage more positive intergroup relations
  • Develops an in depth understanding and appreciation of the value of social and cultural diversity
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

Series Editor’s Preface.

1. Introduction (Richard J. Crisp, University of Kent).

Part I: Social Identity.

2 : Social identity complexity and acceptance of diversity (Marilynn B. Brewer).

3: Facilitating the development and integration of multiple social identities: The case of immigrants in Québec (Catherine E. Amiot and Roxane de la Sablonnière).

4: Costs and benefits of switching among multiple social identities (Margaret Shih, Diana T. Sanchez and Geoffrey C. Ho).

Part II: Culture.

5: Multicultural identity: What it is and why it matters (Angela-Minh,Tu D. Nguyen and Verónica Benet-Martínez).

6: What I know in my mind and where my heart belongs: Multicultural identity negotiation and its cognitive consequences (Carmit T. Tadmor, Sun No, Ying-yi Hong and Chi-yue Chiu).

Part III: Intergroup Attitudes.

7: Multiculturalism and tolerance: An intergroup perspective (Maykel Verkuyten).

8: Diversity experiences and intergroup attitudes (Christopher L. Aberson).

Part IV: Intergroup Relations.

9: The effects of crossed-categorizations in intergroup interaction (Norman Miller, Marija Spanovic, and Douglas Stenstrom).

10: Complexity of superordinate self-categories and ingroup projection (Sven Waldzus).

Part V:  Group Processes.

11: The categorization-elaboration model of work group diversity: Wielding the double-edged sword (Daan van Knippenberg and Wendy P. van Ginkel).

12: Divided we fall, or united we stand? How identity processes affect faultline perceptions and the functioning of diverse teams (Floor A. Rink and Karen A. Jehn).

Part VI: Interventions.

13: Combined effects of intergroup contact and multiple categorization: Consequences for intergroup attitudes in diverse social contexts (Katharina Schmid and Miles Hewstone).

14: The application of diversity-based interventions to policy and practice (Lindsey Cameron and Rhiannon N. Turner).


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Author Information

Richard J. Crisp is Professor of Psychology in the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent. He has received numerous awards including the British Psychological Society's Spearman Medal (2006). He is joint editor of Multiple Social Categorization (with Miles Hewstone, 2006) and Essential Social Psychology (with Rhiannon Turner, 2007). He is associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and in 2009 was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.
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"Diversity is a fact of life as well as a necessity for evolution. Is diversity a precursor to hostility, a recipe for conflict, and anathema to productivity? Or, is diversity an opportunity for creativity, evolution, and greater human possibilities? How do we harness this critical juncture? Readers will find themselves struggling with these momentous questions together with the most qualified researchers on the topics. A must read for social psychologists who acknowledge their responsibilities for the emerging global human society."
—Yoshihisa Kashima, The University of Melbourne

"This excellent compilation of papers offers much food for thought for theorists and researchers navigating the ever changing landscape of identity, culture and intergroup relations."
—Richard Lalonde, York University

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