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Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Third Edition

January 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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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.

Familiar with earlier version
wanted instructor resources
included weightism

Maureen McHugh
Psychology Dept, Indiana Univ Of Pennsylvania
August 27, 2020

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Bruce E. Blaine

Bruce E. Blaine, PhD, is a professor of statistics and data science in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, where he teaches courses in data science, nonparametric statistics, and meta-analysis. Although his teaching and research interests revolve around statistical methods and computing, Dr. Blaine’s has a background in social and health psychology and currently has research collaborations with faculty from education and pharmacy. He also is an accredited Professional Statistician® through the American Statistical Association and provides statistical consulting... More About Author

Kimberly Jean McClure Brenchley

Kimberly J. McClure Brenchley is an associate professor of psychology at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, where she resides with her husband, James, and children, Jackson and Evie. She earned her PhD in social psychology from the University of Connecticut, where she also received graduate certificates in both quantitative research methods and college instruction. Dr. McClure Brenchley’s primary research focus is on the stigma of overweight, examining both the mechanisms behind weight stigma and the processes by which possessing this stigmatized identity can influence health and psychological well-being. She teaches courses... More About Author

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