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Anderson, Kristin J., 1968-
Benign bigotry : the psychology of subtle prejudice / Kristin J. Anderson
Alternate Title Psychology of subtle prejudice
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2010
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  HM1091 .A53 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Prejudices
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Physical Description ix, 354 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction : the changing place of prejudice : a migration underground -- "Those people all look alike" : the myth of the other -- "They must be guilty of something" : myths of criminalization -- "Feminists are man-haters" : backlash myth-making -- "Gays flaunt their sexuality" : the myth of hypersexuality -- "I'm not a racist, I'm colorblind" : the myth of neutrality -- "Affirmative action is reverse racism" : the myth of merit
Summary "While overt prejudice is now much less prevalent than in decades past, subtle prejudice - prejudice that is inconspicuous, indirect, and often unconscious - continues to pervade. Laws do not protect against subtle prejudice and, because of its covert nature, it is difficult to observe and frequently goes undetected by both perpetrator and victim. Benign Bigotry uses a fresh, original format to examine subtle prejudice by addressing six commonly held cultural myths based on assumptions that appear harmless but actually foster discrimination: 'those people all look alike'; 'they must be guilty of something'; 'feminists are man-haters'; 'gays flaunt their sexuality'; 'I'm not a racist, I'm color-blind' and 'affirmative action is reverse racism'. Kristin J. Anderson skillfully relates each of these myths to real world events, emphasizes how errors in individual thinking can affect society at large, and suggests strategies for reducing prejudice in daily life"--Provided by publisher

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