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Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Fourth Edition

August 2020 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Understanding the Psychology of Diversity offers a highly accessible examination of diversity to show students how to understand social and cultural differences in today’s society. Taking a psychological perspective, authors B. Evan Blaine and Kimberly J. McClure Brenchley explore how individuals construct their view of social diversity and how they are defined and influenced by it. The book covers traditional topics like categorization and stereotypes, sexism, racism, and social stigma, as well as non-traditional topics like sexual orientation-based prejudice, weight and appearance-based prejudice, diversity on television, and age stereotypes and ageism. The Fourth Edition confronts the credibility crisis that has surfaced in the academic psychological research community by following parameters for the research that is presented.

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 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


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 Sex Stereotypes and Heterosexism
Sexual Minority Categories and Sexual Orientation


Chapter 8 Obesity Stereotypes and Weightism
Obesity Stereotypes

Weightism: Weight-Based Prejudice and Discrimination

The Psychological and Social Consequences of Weightism


Chapter 9 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


About the Authors

A clear, approachable text that covers issues related to diversity and prejudice, both in a broad sense and with a narrow focus on several examples (racism, sexism, etc.).”

“An easily readable introduction to the psychology of diversity, with clear discussions of relevant phenomena including stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.”

Dory Schachner
California State University, Chico

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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ISBN: 9781544381077