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The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Prejudice and Racism

The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Prejudice and Racism

James M. Jones, John F. Dovidio, Deborah L. Vietze

ISBN: 978-1-405-16214-2

Sep 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

428 pages

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The Psychology of Diversity presents a captivating social-psychological study of diversity, the obstacles confronting it, and the benefits it provides.

  • Goes beyond prejudice and discrimination to discuss the personal and social implications of diversity for both majority and minority group members
  • Considers how historical, political, economic, and societal factors shape the way people think about and respond to diversity
  • Explains why discrimination leads to bias at all levels in society – interpersonal, institutional, cultural, and social
  • Describes proven techniques for improving intergroup relations
  • Examines the brain's impact on bias in clear terms for students with little or no background in neuroscience
  • Includes helpful study tools throughout the text as well as an online instructor’s manual


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Contents vii

Preface xv

Dedication xviii

Acknowledgments xix

Part One Framing Diversity 1

Chapter 1 The Psychology of Diversity: Challenges and Benefits 3

Chapter 2 Central Concepts in the Psychology of Diversity 27

Chapter 3 Historical Perspectives on Diversity in the United States 55

Part Two Psychological Processes 87

Chapter 4 Personality and Individual Differences: How Different Types of People Respond to Diversity in Different Ways 89

Chapter 5 Social Cognition and Categorization: Distinguishing “Us” from “Them” 117

Chapter 6 Social Identity, Roles, and Relations: Motivational Influences in Responses to Diversity 147

Chapter 7 Is Bias in the Brain? 173

Chapter 8 Coping and Adapting to Stigma and Difference 205

Chapter 9 Intergroup Interactions: Pitfalls and Promises 239

Part Three Culture, Power, and Institutions 263

Chapter 10 Cultural Diversity: Preferences, Meaning, and Difference 265

Chapter 11 Social Roles and Power in a Diverse Society 299

Chapter 12 The Challenge of Diversity for Institutions 327

Chapter 13 The Psychology of Diversity: Principles and Prospects 355

Glossary 377

Index 401

“The Psychology of Diversity not only teaches readers about research on prejudice, but it helps them understand how they can personally contribute to a better and more inclusive  society.”  (PsycCRITIQUES, 4 May 2015)