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The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity

Richard J. Crisp (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-19561-4 August 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 382 Pages


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
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).


"I would recommend this book for use as core reading for a graduate-level course in the psychology of ethnic, social, or cultural diversity or as supplementary reading for a course on cross-cultural psychology or human diversity. It will be a useful addition to any course within one of these areas." (PsycCRITIQUES, 16 March 2011)