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Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Third Edition
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February 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 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 B. 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, in addition to chapters on 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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Instructor Resources include the following:

  • 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.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Lively and stimulating chapter activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.
Key features
  • New and expanded topics that incorporate new research and theory in such areas as categorization, stereotyping, and prejudice include a new section on the neuropsychology of social categorization and expanded coverage of stereotype accuracy and the measurement of automatic prejudice.
  • A brand-new chapter on sexual prejudice and heterosexism covers sexual minority categories, sexual orientation, stereotypes of sexual minorities, sexual prejudice, and discrimination of sexual minorities.
  • 17 new Diversity Issues boxes explore income inequality, bullying, anti-immigrant prejudice, racial microaggressions, gay parenting, fat shaming, elder abuse, multiple stigmatized identities, and much more.
  • New For Further Reading entries, offfer articles from American Psychologist, encourage readers to explore issues and policies associated with chapter topics.
  • Diversity Issues boxes address practical issues and problems associated with diversity, provide a “social issues” flavor to the text, and include related questions that encourage students to make connections between academic principles and applied issues, such as hate speech, the glass ceiling, and the maternal wall.
  • Making Connections questions interspersed throughout chapters encourage readers to think more deeply about the issues/concepts just covered.
  • In-text learning aids, including summaries, key terms, further readings, and suggested websites, help students master the material and take their understanding beyond the book.

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