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Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Understanding the Psychology of Diversity

Fourth Edition

July 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
Key features
  • Coverage of new and/or substantially revised topics includes the self-fulfilling prophecy, media stereotypes, ideological prejudice and worldview conflict, stereotype content, and racism in healthcare.
  • Updated language reflects accepted conventions and more respectful language in referring to people in reference to their weight, gender identity, and sexual identity.
  • New Diversity Issues boxes address profiling, the R-word, Black Lives Matter, ableism, stigma and help-seeking for suicidality, and diversity in STEM fields.


  • An accessible writing style makes the book appropriate for all students, including non-psychology majors.
  • Diversity Issues boxes address practical problems associated with diversity and include questions that encourage students to make connections between academic principles and applied issues.
  • Making Connections questions interspersed throughout chapters encourage readers to think more deeply about the issues/concepts just covered.
  • For Further Reading entries present articles from American Psychologist and encourage readers to explore issues and policies associated with chapter topics.
  • 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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